Bush Dog Brian Baird is tired of all the hard work
According to Politico, fighting the most unpopular president ever over a failed war is getting to be too much hard work for some Congressional Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, despite their pledges to continue pushing to end the war in Iraq, face growing pressure from their rank-and-file Democrats to focus more attention on domestic, “pocketbook” issues in the upcoming election year.
Junior Democrats describe an “Iraq fatigue” setting in among some members after dozens of successful withdrawal votes failed to drive a wedge between Republicans and President Bush on the war strategy.
Sniffle. Sniffle. Honk!
"My hope would be we start looking at real solutions instead of the dichotomy of cut funding versus stay forever," said Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), who had a change of heart this fall after visiting Iraq and realizing the military surge was working.
"The entire policy has been dictated by the 'Out of Iraq Caucus' ... What are we going to do, have another 40 withdrawal votes?"
If you want to keep failing to end the damned thing, sure. Keep playing legislative games. What you could do, what might actually succeed, is to get your leadership to defund. You know, just don't bring any new war funding to the floor for a vote.
But we know you're tired, Congressman. As opposed to our troops- some now on their third, fourth, and fifth tours in Iraq. They're not tired, Congressman. I'm sure they feel for you, Congressman. We feel for you. Really.