While reading a Publius Forum article on the senate vote to condemn the MooooveOn's advert against General Petraus I noticed that Presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama (D-IL) abstained from voting. I was wondering if he was there and passed on voting or if he was not on the floor. Apparently he was in Washington. - MSNBC reported, "But curiously absent from the vote was Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, also a Democratic candidate for president, who had canceled a campaign appearance in South Carolina so he could be in Washington for votes." - Thats all I found. Doesn't really say he was on the floor or not.
If he wasn't there for whatever reason I'd like to know what he would have voted and if he was there I'd like to hear his excuse for abstaining.
While seeking the answer as to whether our illustrious Presidential wannabe was there and was showing the world that he is truly wishy-washy I came across a bit that shows once again that some lefties refuse to learn from history. Or do they??? - Perhaps it is history that they utilize to form and shape their tactics. Micromanaging the Vietnam war worked real well for the lefties.
CBS News dot com has this in an article labeled "MoveOn Unfazed By Furor Over Ad" -
And it (Moveon) turned its criticism squarely back on the Senate, accusing it of "spending time cracking down on a newspaper ad" after failing on Wednesday to pass a bill lengthening the home leaves of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, a bipartisan measure that some regarded as pressuring Bush into limiting the redeployment of U.S. forces.
OK folks! - Which one of the MoveOn folks is the military expert that wants to micromanage the war?
AND (worse yet)
Who are the Democrat Senators that want MoveOn to run the war?
Here is the list thanks to Warner Todd Huston Of Publius Forum...
The following voted in favor of MoveOn
As for me and my State, I had Barbara "Thick as a brick" Boxer in favor of MoveOn running the war and Dianne "Look over there" Feinstein against.
How did your state do? What lame excuses have you heard from those who voted for MoveOn usurping the Commander-in-Chief's power?
Update: While it is yet unclear as to whether Barack Hussein Obama (D-IL) actually was on the floor or not we now have a statement from the Schlickmeister Jr. himself concerning his non-vote.
From firstread.msnbc.msn.com we have:
From NBC's Mark Murray
Obama's presidential campaign gives First Read this statement from Obama about not voting today on the Senate measure condemning the MoveOn.org print ad criticizing Gen. David Petraeus.
"The focus of the United States Senate should be on ending this war, not on criticizing newspaper advertisements," Obama says. "This amendment was a stunt designed only to score cheap political points while what we should be doing is focusing on the deadly serious challenge we face in Iraq. It's precisely this kind of political game-playing that makes most Americans cynical about Washington's ability to solve America's problems. By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against this empty politics. I registered my views on the ad itself the day it appeared.
Obama goes on to say, "All of us respect the service of General Petraeus and all of our brave men and women in uniform. The way to honor that service is to give them a mission that is responsible, not to vote on amendments like the Cornyn amendment while we continue to pursue the wrong policy in Iraq."
prying1 sez: Is this a pullout statement? Looks like it.
My interpretation of his statement is, "Let's leave the Iraqis to be savaged by their neighboring terrorist nations and leave a hole in the middle east for terrorists to thrive." Responsible mission = sit at home and hope they go away...
If only Bush would talk to the terrorists and try to understand them.
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