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September 7, 2013 - 1:05 pm
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Harry Reid has been counting noses in favor of the Syria war resolution and thinks he’s looking at “double-digit defections.”

The Hill reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is bracing for double-digit defections in the Democratic caucus on the resolution authorizing military strikes on Syria, which will get a vote this coming week.

The Syria resolution presents Reid with one of the biggest tests of his leadership this Congress and the outcome has significant effects for President Obama’s domestic and foreign policy agendas.

Failure of the measure in the Democratic-controlled upper chamber could spur House Republicans to pick a fight with the weakened president over the budget, as well as embolden the regimes of Iran and North Korea.

“The president’s team has really given him a tough one this time but, as always, when the president asks him to do something, Sen. Reid quickly tries to get it done,” said Jim Manley, a former senior advisor to Reid.

With already four Democratic senators saying they will likely oppose the measure, the pressure is building on Reid to reach out across the aisle.

“If this vote were to fail, it will have huge consequences not only for the president’s domestic policy but also his foreign policy and for the people of Syria. This is about as high stakes as you can get,” Manley added. “How’s Iran and North Korea going to react to a defeat? How are House Republicans going to deal with the debt limit?”

Reid filed the use-of-force resolution on the Senate floor Friday, setting up a Wednesday vote to end debate and move to final passage. The critical cloture vote will happen on the 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon and the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi attack.

Senators are scheduled to receive a classified briefing on Syria at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Capitol Visitor Center, according to a Democratic aide.

Another Democratic aide said the vote could happen sooner if Republicans waive certain procedural requirements.

Reid needs 60 votes for cloture. If he loses 10 Democratic senators, that means he would need 15 Republicans to reach the magic number. That appears doubtful, as even national security hawks like John McCain have been reluctant to back the president’s play.

But perhaps the president can make a more basic, partisan appeal to Democratic senators:

The prospect of wounding President Obama is weighing heavily on Democratic lawmakers as they decide their votes on Syria.

Obama needs all the political capital he can muster heading into bruising battles with the GOP over fiscal spending and the debt ceiling.

Democrats want Obama to use his popularity to reverse automatic spending cuts already in effect and pay for new economic stimulus measures through higher taxes on the wealthy and on multinational companies.

But if the request for authorization for Syria military strikes is rebuffed, some fear it could limit Obama’s power in those high-stakes fights.

That has left Democrats with an agonizing decision: vote “no” on Syria and possibly encourage more chemical attacks while weakening their president, or vote “yes” and risk another war in the Middle East.

“I’m sure a lot of people are focused on the political ramifications,” a House Democratic aide said.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), a veteran appropriator, said the failure of the Syria resolution would diminish Obama’s leverage in the fiscal battles.

“It doesn’t help him,” Moran said Friday by phone. “We need a maximally strong president to get us through this fiscal thicket. These are going to be very difficult votes.”

“Clearly a loss is a loss,” a Senate Democratic aide noted.

Publicly, senior party members are seeking to put a firewall between a failed Syria vote — one that Democrats might have a hand in — and fiscal matters

Democratic senators may not be inclined to give the president what he wants because he is the leader of the party and shouldn’t be weakened going into debates on the budget and debt limit. But the rank and file might see an abandonment of Obama on Syria in a different light. Ordinary Democrats — outside of Obama’s liberal base — want to support him. Polls show that loyal Democrats are the only ones who give the president a plurality on the war question.

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The concern about "weakening" Obama in foreign affairs is silly: his errors and his dithering have already told potential foes all they need to know about him -- that he's weak, indecisive, and desperate to avoid conflict. Regardless of how Congress votes, Moscow, Tehran, and Beijing all know they have nothing to fear for the rest of his term.
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I'm wondering if they've scheduled the vote for 9/11 in HOPES that we get attacked that day and an enraged Congress gives him 'burning Reichstag' powers.
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Contact your congress critters today! Democrat, Rino or conservative, all near to hear the overwhelming voices of those who oppose this ill advised military action.

BTW, going to war just so the president doesn't look bad is an insanely lousy reason for going to war!
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Good god, where did you get the photo of Harry Reid with the dome spars framed around his head like a saintly halo from a medieval painting, from the Reid campaign office?
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I have a message for anybody and everybody serving as spokes people for the Joint Chiefs, VOLUNTEER! They need more troops who are willing to die for their wars!


Nixon and Obama: Like brothers from another mother

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'...desperate to avoid conflict.'

Which is why he punishes his 'friends' to reward his enemies. His are the actions of a coward.
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The concern about "weakening" Obama in foreign affairs is silly: his errors and his dithering have already told potential foes all they need to know about him -- that he's weak, indecisive, and desperate to avoid conflict. Regardless of how Congress votes, Moscow, Tehran, and Beijing all know they have nothing to fear for the rest of his term.
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As I understand it, Sn. Reid made the decision to require 60 votes not 51. That tells me that Obama realized that he has stepped in it and wants a Congress 'no' vote to save his as. He's signaled to Reid that Harry should make sure this thing does not pass.
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Reid - and Obama don't need to worry, there'll be an 'incident' which will make everybody vote for war!
Today we learned that the RAF on Cyprus scrambled two jets because of 'suspicious' planes coming from Syria. Didn't matter that these Syrian planes were in international airspace, didn't matter that there's not been a no-fly-zone established (unless we've not been told about it ...) - by hook or by crook, the warmongers will 'make' their incident so we are all happy to agree that the bombs must be dropped on Assad ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10294174/MPs-could-get-another-vote-on-military-intervention-in-Syria-says-William-Hague.html
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I have fought in a war and know what it is like to kill and see friends killed. If these low lifes in the Senate and House are thinking of voting for an attack on Syria to save this bastards face then they should all rot in hell. To even consider such a reason to attack and surely kill many innocent people is so evil that it is unthinkable! This cannot be about politics. This is life and death for many people and none of these fools knows what may happen by "Accident" once any action starts. Write, e-mail and call your Congressman/woman and THREATEN them if they vote for this abomination!
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One of the only manufacturing industries that was allowed to remain in the USA is the WAR industry, and that was only because of security issues. Just take a look at the profit margins of dupont, boeing, lockheed, raytheon, just to name a few, and you will see the truth of why war is good bussiness on the homefront. With the rich arabs giving the green light not being enough this time around, they sweetened the pot by openly admitting that the USA is fighting for them by offering to PAY FOR THE ENTIRE WAR EFFORT. Never before has our country been exposed to being the worldwide merceraries of the rich elites as it just was last week.

The other open secret that has not got one peep of coverage is that in just a few short months the 2014 mid term elections will be taking place for quite a few of those presently sitting on high in both chambers of the peoples house and in my mind that is the ONLY reason we are seeing more waffles than in a pancake house after sunday church!
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I usually spare myself the pain of watching an Obama speech because he never says anything much and he says it so badly. His Address To The Nation on Tuesday, however, is another matter. How will he present his call to arms? Will he be in his "professor" mode, with heavy emphasis at the end of his sentences, like Bette Davis in high dudgeon? Or will it be an emotional lament about that perennial Democrat talking point, "the children"? Or perhaps he'll use his own children, confiding to us that his daughters believe we must go to war in Syria. We can be assured that he probably won't use the word "patriotism" - at least I hope not because his use of the word would only devalue its meaning. Well, his speech should be a fascinating example of desperation clothed in something artificial and made-up because this is a man who believes in nothing but his own power to persuade.
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