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Monday, February 5, 2007 - 7:30am

A Vote of No Confidence

It doesn't really mean anything, but you wouldn't know it with all the Senators scrambling around this weekend trying to gain support for their side in the Iraq resolution vote.  Senator John Warner's (R-VA) resolution against the troop surge is expected to be voted on today, but other Republicans are vowing to prevent the debate and block the vote.

 

 Warner's proposal protects the funding for the combat troops, but criticizes the plan to send another 21,500 troops into Iraq.  Since adding the provision to protect the funds, Warner may garner more Republican support.  Thus far, he has the support of all the Democrats (Lieberman excluded) and a handful of Republicans.

 

A number of GOP Senators are waffling on the language of the resolution and are trying to water it down as much as possible before signing on.  So even though it will be a vote of no confidence in the president, it will not be as harsh as the Democrats would have liked and is not likely to change any decisions in Iraq.

 

Bush is expected to carry on with his troop surge no matter what Congress has to say.  As of today, there are not enough Republicans willing to stop him.  In six months, when other Republicans realize that the troop surge was a mistake, they may decide to march up to the White House and tell Bush that it's over.  However, they are not ready to do that now.  They would rather take political cover.

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