Sen. Russ Feingold put this diary up at DKos: I wanted to link to a couple really good posts that I've seen in the past few days about the Democ
May 21, 2007

feingold.jpg Sen. Russ Feingold put this diary up at DKos:

I wanted to link to a couple really good posts that I've seen in the past few days about the Democrats' strategy on the Iraq supplemental spending bill. They drive home what a mistake it is to just give up and pass a supplemental that doesn't include language to stop the war:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

http://electioncentral.tpmcafe.com/...

This situation is a collapse for Democrats. We had a strong start, pushed back against the President's failed policy and held our ground that the supplemental should include binding language to end the war. But now, as Congress gets ready to send the President a bill that does nothing to get our troops out of Iraq, we are just folding our cards. As one person commented under Greg Sargent's great post at TPM cafe, "Send the Congressional Dems over to my place for some poker - I could use a windfall right now."

This is no time to back down.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that Congress will heed Feingold's suggestion. Reports are out that Democratic leaders are dropping deadlines from the spending bill (although they are leaving in "benchmarks"). I'd say it's time to contact your representatives to let them know that cowing to Bush's demands and ignoring their constituents' desires is not politically expedient for them.

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