Thursday, December 13, 2007

When Again Might as Well Be Always

CNN reports:

Democratic lawmakers and staffers privately say they're closing in on a broad budget deal that would give President Bush as much as $70 billion in new war funding.

The deal would lack a key provision Democrats had attached to previous funding bills calling for most U.S. troops to come home from Iraq by the end of 2008, which would be a significant legislative victory for Bush.

Democrats admit such a move would be highly controversial within their own party. Coming just weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, vowed the White House would not get another dollar in war money this year, it would further antagonize the liberal base of the party, which has become frustrated with the congressional leadership's failure to push back on Bush's Iraq policy.

"The base will not be happy," said one senior Democratic aide, who requested anonymity to candidly discuss budget negotiations that have not been completed.

The senior Democratic aide went on to say, "But if you want to look at the glass as half full, that base keep shrinking each time our balls do. So soon we won't have anyone left to piss off."



Blogger Trekking Left said...

It's a good thing Bush's approval ratings are below 30% and he's a lame duck president and the war is unpopular so that the Democrats can feel confident in actually fighting him on stuff.

Or, er, are you saying they're not doing that?

9:25 AM  
Blogger Generik said...

Yeah, imagine how much worse things would be if he were popular and running for reelection!

Wait -- could things be worse?

12:55 PM  
Blogger George said...

Never ever say things couldn't be worse. After all, I remember when Ronnie was president, and we all thought, "That GHW Bush will never get elected." Now he seems like the good old days given his vile seed.

1:15 PM  
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