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September 5, 2013 - 4:00 pm

WaPo’s blog The Fix has been updating their whip count on the Syria resolution all day and at this point, it looks like the president is heading for a disastrous fall.

In fact, it’s no contest. As of Thursday evening, 204 House members — including 54 Democrats — have come out publicly against taking military action against Syria or are leaning that way. Two hundred seventeen votes are needed for passage. (Note: There are 433 members due to two vacancies.)

Only 24 members are in favor of the resolution.

With so many Republicans in opposition, will Boehner even bother to bring the resolution to a vote?

Regardless, it has become increasingly clear that a significant majority of House Republicans is likely to oppose the resolution. That means we are headed not just for questions about whether it would pass, but also about whether House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — who supports the use of force — would bring it to a vote in violation of the so-called “Hastert Rule,” which requires a majority of the majority party to support a bill for it to be brought to a vote.

Given the strong demand for congressional input from both advocates and opponents of military action, it seems there’s at least a fair chance he will. Even if Boehner were to bring it to a vote, though, the minority Democrats would need to be pretty close to united, according to our current count. As of now, that’s not that case, with 22 Democrats expressing opposition and 24 more expressing skepticism.

All of it adds up to a very difficult path for the use of force resolution in the House.

How bad is it? President Obama has cancelled a Hollywood fundraising trip next week in order to stay in Washington, trying to salvage what’s left of his presidency:

President Obama has scrapped a planned two-day trip to Los Angeles early next week ahead of a congressional vote on a military strike against Syria.

The cancellation of the trip suggests the urgency with which Obama needs to press his case to win approval from Congress for military action.

“The president’s trip to California has been canceled,” a White House official said. “He will remain in Washington to work on the Syrian resolution before Congress.”

While prospects for passage of a resolution in the Senate look positive, the White House does not appear to have the votes in the lower chamber to win — at least not yet.

The president had been scheduled to speak to an AFL-CIO convention while in California, in what the White House had billed as a continuation of his middle class jobs tour.

He was also scheduled to attend a $32,400 per plate dinner at the home of Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of the sitcom “Friends.”

According to an email obtained by T

There were indications that Obama could be readying a national address to make his case for military action, which remains unpopular among lawmakers and the American public.

Can he pull it out? Never underestimate any president’s ability to get what he wants, but he needs a turnaround of epic proportions to succeed. And he will have to find a way to convince the GOP hawks that he will increase his efforts to topple Assad. With a mostly united Democratic party and 40 or 50 national security Republicans, Obama just might pull it off. But liberal Democrats are genetically leery of military action of any kind and Republicans simply don’t trust him.

If Obama fails, it will have been a disaster 4 years in the making. His arrogance, his inability to work effectively and consult with Congress, his sneering condescension toward his opponents, and a glaring lack of leadership have all combined to set him up for a bi-partisan fall on Syria.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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When it is impossible to decide what side the good guys are on, or if there even are any good guys, the prudent move is to contain but stay out. Above all, stay out.
When your President is an unqualified amateur with delusions of grandeur whose sole accomplishment was being a community organizer, it would be lunacy to do anything but stay out.
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NEVER underestimate the power of NSA EXTORTION - These vile anti-American marxists in this administration will do ANYTHING to further their insidious agenda. They obviously have PLENTY OF DIRT on Boehner, McConnell, Cantor and others; it aint over until its over.

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51 weeks ago
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The hell with Obama's presidency, his legacy and his everything else. There's good reason to think it was the rebels, not Assad, who used the chemicals and blamed the government in order to draw the US into the way. There is no reason for us to get involved in this disaster; whoever wins, we lose. The only one who has anything to gain from this BS is Obama. It's not worth it.
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51 weeks ago
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I wrote to my congresspersons about a week ago about voting"no"to support Obama'sattack on Syria. I don't know who used the chemical warfare or who is really fighting in Syria. I don't want any Americans involved,.....,ever.
51 weeks ago
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----- "With so many Republicans in opposition, will Boehner even bother to bring the resolution to a vote?"

Oh, he probably will because he, like his Master, the Lord Obama, is a g.d. LIAR.
51 weeks ago
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I agree! Stay out of Syria! Obama is a liar! He has been lying for years and no one in the MSM has had the guts to call him on it. How can anyone trust anything that he says. He didn't want us to go into Iraq, but now he wants us to go into Syria. Why? Are his Muslim Brotherhood overseers in the form of ISNA, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trials, whispering in his ear that they need his help? I smell a very big rat.
51 weeks ago
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all the poles say 90%+ against war.

in congress, its still up in the air.

kinda makes one wonder who pays their salaries, huh?
51 weeks ago
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Obama cancelled a Hollywood fundraiser??

Jeez, things must really be serious. I didn't think he'd do something like that unless his own kid's lives were in danger, or something.
51 weeks ago
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Almost as bad as cancelling a golf vacation...
51 weeks ago
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Yeah, he didn't cancel his Las Vegas fundraiser when the Americans were under siege in Ben Ghazi, so obviously, it has to be more than a matter of life or death for him to cancel one.

Maybe the Muslim Brotherhood has different priorities this time around.
51 weeks ago
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He botched the Afghan war. He botched the Iraqi peace, which according to his side-kick Biden, was his greatest achievement. His support of Libyan rebels have plunged the country into a vicious civil war and the murder of Americans in Benghazi, his support of the Muslim Brotherhood has done the same to Egypt. Now he should start another war to save al-Qaeda?
51 weeks ago
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He has a very consistent track record. That's his problem.
51 weeks ago
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Yep, I'm looking forward to the day when America kills Assad Arabs so Al Qaeda Arabs can capture ALL of Saddam's/Assad's chemical weapons.

We're sure to be safe then!
51 weeks ago
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The president is so lost in his own importance he cannot see that not only most Americans do not want us having anything to do with Syria, virtually the entire world is advising him to stand down. He has embarrassed himself and our country with his boisterous 'red line in the sand' statement because almost everyone has stepped over it daring him to do something about it. Our most strident 'enemies' on this planet do not respect or fear him. I hope he doesn't feel it necessary to 'prove the world wrong' by doing something foolish.
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He's probably mad because Bibi made a red line statement and now we're all mad at him for making his own red line statement. What he doesn't get is that Bibi's red line is about the very survival of his own country. This is about some nebulous moral crusade and playing world police.
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