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Syria: A little "collateral damage" vs. make Obama into a lame duck

Decisions, decisions:

"At the end of the day, a lot of these Democrats are going to be with the president," a House Democratic aide told Politico, "because the choice is to vote against [the Syria intervention] and turn the president into a lame duck and destroy his credibility, or swallow it and vote for something that you're not wild about. When you're faced with that kind of decision, most of these fence-sitters are going to come aboard."

That's also the assessment of strategists from both major parties who are veterans of past battles where presidencies have seemed to be at stake. They include congressional votes on George W. Bush's war in Iraq and his father George H.W. Bush's Persian Gulf War. When presidents argue forcefully that their effectiveness is in jeopardy, they often get their way, especially among members of their own party who don't want them to become lame ducks.

"I've got to think that, in the end, the Democrats and some Republicans will come down on the side of protecting the presidency," says a former senior White House adviser to a GOP president.

"[V]ote for something that you're not wild about."

I'm with The Onion and most Americans: Send Congress to Syria. Let's see how "wild about" this war they are then.

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is simply "Kabuki Theatre."

I hope it's not.

Lambert's most recent post "is encouraging." The only way that this Administration would back down at this point, is if they are able to maneuver a "face saving" option.

And most certainly, as long as US military intervention and adventurism continue, our social safety net programs will continue to be slashed.

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I think he is overestimating the power of his cult following. He is not up for reelection, no one has to protect him. If calls were running 7-3 against military action that argument might hold, but calls are running 100-1 against (if you have not called your Senator's office, please do so, with the vote close at hand, phone calls are what is needed). I think we can defeat this thing and it sets us up to defeat Larry Summers.

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of the WH).

And today she reiterated her support for the Administration's handling of the Syrian crisis, while in attendance at the "Forum To Combat Wildlife Trafficking" earlier today (which Chelsea was participating in).

See [Politico's] Maggie Haberman's "Tweet" Below:


And tomorrow night, FS Clinton will receive an award from FG Jeb Bush at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Sounds like it may be shaping up to be a Clinton vs Bush rematch in 2016!

Go figure . . .