Friday, November 18, 2005
Capitol Hill Gamblers
Most people familiar with Capitol Hill don't expect much to happen on a Friday night. The most dangerous place to be on a Friday afternoon is between a federal employee and the door after about four o'clock. On the Hill its much earlier than that. Congress is always one to set an example on that issue - and it's always a bi-partisan rush for the door.
Today will be different, however. Seems the Republican House Leadership has seen fit to call the House Democrats (especially those of the Jackass Caucus) on their never ending rhetoric about whether or not to cut and run, surrender, and just plain get the hell out of Iraq.
People like Bella Pelosi operate under the assertion nobody will ever call their rhetorical bluff for what it is - full of sound and fury signifying absolutely nothing. John Murtha very publicly joined this chorus yesterday. I guarantee you Pelosi and company never thought they would have to lay their cards out on the table with a vote tonight.
So, tonight we get to see where they stand. Do they believe the over hyped public opinion polls ginned up by the MSM? Are they willing to put their political careers on the line and show the American people their true colors? Are they prepared to enter the House of Representatives tonight and unfurl the white flag of surrender?
Will they vote for a very simple resolution which states:
It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.No amendments. No hedging. Where do you stand, Congressman/woman?
Its about damn time somebody called their bluff.
Kenny Rogers admonished Gamblers to "Never count your money, while you're sitting at the table" and to "know when to walk away, and know when to run."
Democrats have seriously overplayed their hand, and tonight it will show.
If you're looking for drama, you might want to ditch network television and check out CSPAN.
Here endeth the lesson.