Perfect timing considering what’s riding high at Drudge right now. Rahm Emanuel insists they’re going to get the votes in the House to push the Iraq spending/timetable bill through but they’re still one or two away with a floor vote expected within 24 hours. The nutroots all-stars who are dug in are really dug in, including a certain atheist hearthrob who sounds like he’s ready to throw down:
Representative Pete Stark, a California Democrat, said he had opposed every war-spending request that had come before him since being elected to Congress in 1972. (During the Vietnam War, he opened a bank with a giant peace symbol on top, attracting customers who shared his views.)
Asked what he found troubling about the current legislation, Mr. Stark snapped, “What’s to like?”
Pelosi’s staring at a major humiliation if she can’t get this done on their signature electoral issue and headaches from hardcore moonbats if she can. According to Politico, “Pelosi has told colleagues privately that if the measure fails, she will move quickly to pass a ‘clean’ spending bill, one without the conditions and requirements for troop withdrawals.” How will that play in the Senate, though? For reasons unknown to me, Reid’s decided he’s going to try again on the Kerry-flavored timetable proposal that lost by 12 votes last week. “Republicans and even some Democrats are expected to bristle at the inclusion of the Iraq policy provision,” says Time.
Being in the minority does have its pleasures.
Don’t gloat too much, though, kids:
When a group of Senate GOP leaders assembled before the microphones last Thursday to crow about their defeat of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) Iraq resolution, they thought they had a shot at finally getting out in front of a winning issue this Congress. But just as soon as their faces met the bright lights of the cameras, BlackBerrys began to buzz with breaking news e-mails reporting that White House aide Karl Rove was being implicated in the widening U.S. attorney-firing scandal. “There goes the news cycle,” one Republican staffer thought to himself. That botched presser illustrated a greater issue facing Senate Republicans these days: Every time they think they have turned a critical public relations corner on Capitol Hill, they find themselves back in the unpleasant position of having to deal with the latest White House snafu. And, at least privately, many GOP Senators and aides say they’ve hit their boiling point. On a scale of one to 10, “The level of frustration is at an 11,” offered one Senate Republican aide.
I’m right about here at this point.
Update: I forgot to link NZ Bear’s handy dandy guide to the Democrats’ evolving Iraq timetable.
Update: The doves have caved on the Iraq bill, says Politico: “One well-placed Democratic aide said Pelosi had approached the progressives asking them to supply four votes, but that they ultimately pledged to deliver about ten. It was unclear whether the progressives received any concessions in return.”