So, we're 48 hours out...
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...and instead of reading stories about how the Democrats are going to pass one Frankenstein's monster of an appropriations bill, we're instead seeing stories with headlines like Democrats Split on Iraq Bill and It’s tough to get 218 votes, so Speaker gets tough, too and Hoyer: House Democrats Have Yet to Find Enough Votes to Pass Supplemental. Whips who won't, Speakers threatening to pull the chairs out from under various committee heads' rears, poor old Hoyer trying to hold the line while out in the middle... all we need is a harmonium and a clown car and the circus will be ready to go.
And don't think that the netroots are on the ball, either! HuffPo's ready to see the whole thing crash; Moveon.org's not. The latter's decision is being lambasted, here and there. We wait with bated breath for the first accusations that Moveon's online poll results were hacked as part of a Rovian plot.
And, this just in!
Anti-War Dems Near Defeat on Spending Bill
By: Josephine Hearn
March 20, 2007 09:54 PM EST
The most outspoken critics of the $124 billion wartime spending bill in the House are facing withering support in their fight to defeat it.
California Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Lynn Woolsey said that many of their liberal colleagues were caving under pressure from Democratic leaders who, according to at least one congressman, have threatened to block requests for new funds for his district.
All for a bill that President Bush will nix - assuming that Senate Minority Leader McConnell even lets it get to Bush's desk. Which he might, if only because God knows that the President has been sadly neglecting his veto kung fu. But all amusement - mostly - aside, I have to ask: what gives, here? I was under the impression that the Democrats had been planning and scheming and preparing for this moment all their lives, or at least the last four years: this is supposed to be their time, right? But instead we're being subjected to antics that would be embarrassing to a high school Student Council election. I know, democracy's supposed to be messy - but this messy? And this supportive of pure, pure chaos?
Let me put it another way: remember the movie Animal House? Good. Well, we're about to have the parade scene - only, this go-round the Republicans are the Deltas.