Oddly enough, the leadership of the anti-war party doesn’t think conscription is in its political interest:
Pelosi, having just concluded a meeting with incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, to discuss the Democratic agenda, said the leadership will not support the measure.
“It’s not about a draft it’s about shared sacrifice in our country,” Pelosi told reporters in her Capitol Hill office…
When asked directly if she supported the measure, Pelosi said “No. No.”
You’d think an idea floated by the incoming chairman of the Ways and Means Committee would get a few weeks of respectful consideration. I guess with the Pentagon and the Baker Commission set to recommend a modest short-term increase in U.S. troops, the Dems are in a tough enough spot that they don’t want this in the mix too. Hence the reason for the quick kill.
Or maybe there’s another reason.
Update (Ian): Video of Pelosi’s remarks: