In the end, the whole thing amounted to exactly what the Republicans said it was: Political grandstanding. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “The debate will go on.” Yeah, you tell them,
House Republican leader John Boehner of
choked back tears as he stirred memories of the terror attacks of Ohio Sept. 11, 2001. “After 3,000 of our fellow citizens died at the hands of these terrorists, when are we going to take them on? When are we going to defeat them,” he asked.
It’s the same tired rhetoric that the GOP has been peddling for years, lying that the war in
Among Democratic Presidential candidates in the Senate, only Christopher Dodd pledged in advance to vote against the bill. Joe Biden said he’d vote for it. At the roll call, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voted no.
So why single-out Democrats? Because they promised things would be different. Republicans got
Among Democrats, only Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid came even close to setting the right tone:
Senate Democrats will not stop our efforts to change the course of this war until either enough Republicans join with us to reject President Bush’s failed policy or we get a new president.
Those November elections clearly changed nothing. Despite polls showing that huge majorities of Americans oppose Bush’s war (including 80 percent of independents), absolutely nothing has been done to end it or to even exercise a teeny, tiny little bit of oversight—you know, as Congress is supposed to do.
It would seem that Emma Goldman was right: “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal."