The House of Representatives has voted to withdraw from Iraq:
The House has voted, 223-to-201, to approve legislation that would require the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq beginning within 120 days.
You can view the vote total here.
I can understand why the Republicans would vote against a bill calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops, but I have no idea why GOP leaders like Boehner aren’t rattling the president’s cage right now on his Iraq policy. Judging from the report, Iraq and the president’s strategy are circling the drain and if the Congressional Republicans don’t move to either bring Bush around (which admittedly isn’t very likely) or severely distance themselves from his policy a lot of them are going to get flushed out of office with him in 2008.
Given that Boehner called the Republicans who were supporting withdrawal wimps, I doubt he’s going to do any cage rattling.
I think you’re right…he’s been about as rabid with his support for the Iraq War as Bush or Cheney. Which is why I don’t see things turning around for the Republicans before 2008…their leadership is full of bitter-enders who seem set on going down with the ship, and I just can’t see the GOP making significant changes going into an election year. It’s just not their style.
Looks like I’ll be voting third-party candidates this year.