Four Senators – Levin (D-MI), Hagel (R-NE), Snowe (R-ME), and Biden (D-DE) – have introduced a non-binding resolution telling Bush they oppose the war. Sadly, they seem to be under the impression Bush, a lame duck President who’s more radioactive than the Chernobyl fauna, gives a damn about non-binding resolutions.
At the same time, House liberals are introducing binding resolutions for withdrawal. Even if they pass, there’s a fifty/fifty chance Bush will abide by them, but 50% is still better than nothing.
And on the other side of the Capitol, antiwar liberal Democrats in the House, led by Californians, unveiled a more sweeping plan for withdrawing troops from Iraq over the next six months.
The White House responded to the flurry of activity by asserting that the resolutions would have no impact on its policy.
“The president has obligations as a commander in chief,” said presidential spokesman Tony Snow. “And he will go ahead and execute them.”
Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma, along with Reps. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles and Barbara Lee of Oakland, was one of the Californians who sponsored the sweeping resolution in the House.
“The November elections showed just how fed up the American public is with the president’s failed Iraq policy,” Woolsey said. “It is now up to the Congress to catch up with the will of the American public.”
Bush seems to think that sharing a name with a few English kings makes him one. His defenders cite a few fringe Constitutional scholars, like John Yoo, in defense of their belief that separation of powers is for lesser beings than the President.
That, mind you, is only a recent development. In the 1990s, they sported, “I love my country but fear my government” stickers. Every politician supports the President when it’s popular and then jumps ship when it’s not; three of the four cosponors voted for the war. Every politically-minded person supports a strong executive when his party controls the White House but not Congress, and a strong legislature when it’s the other way around.