This may be old news, but it is new to me.
Greg Sargent over at TPM wrote an article based on info he received from his sources: Reid Allowed Vote On Mukasey In Exchange For Military Funding Bill.
According to sources inside and outside the Democratic leadership, Harry Reid allowed a vote on Mukasey because in exchange the Republican leadership agreed to allow a vote on the big Defense Appropriations Bill, which contains $459 billion in military spending but doesn’t fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Reid had wanted to get this bill passed before the end of this week, and in fact, the defense bill did come up for a vote late last night and was passed after the Mukasey vote.
One key reason Dem leaders wanted this defense approps bill passed, sources tell me, is that they wanted to be able to argue that they had sent a bill to the President funding the military, if not the war itself. The idea was that doing this would allow them to protect themselves in the days ahead when the battle over Iraq funding heats up and Republicans inevitably charge that Dems are refusing to fund the troops.
In other words….Reid GAVE Bush Mukasey, in exchange for….
A mere HEDGE against The Republicans saying that the Democrats don’t support the troops.
Everyone who thinks that The Republicans will now give up their boogeyman, their most effective weapon, their ONLY remaining strategy on continuing the Occupation….
Raise your hand.
Yeah, I thought so.
Reid gives up $450 Billion Dollars AND confirmation of a Torture Denier…..so the Republicans won’t call the Democrats names.
“This lets us argue, `Hey, we just sent $450 billion to the military,” one leadership source tells me.
Argue with whom?
Reid has given up TWO huge bargaining chips….for nothing more than the PROSPECT of good press. Reid has given up TWO huge bargaining chips, to prevent the Republicans from doing what they will still do anyway, say Dems don’t support the troops if they try to not fund.
Everyone who now thinks that this means Harry Reid will adamantly oppose funding the Occupation because he has the cover of sending $450 Billion to the Pentagon…iow, everyone who thinks he won’t cave…. raise your hand.
Yeah, I thought so.
I want to sell Harry Reid a used car. I’d be set for life.