Not going the distance -- but it's still something
I feel embarrassed that I actually call this good news. But due to the fashion that the Democrats have handled this Iraq issue since last year's election,
Senate Democrats might force Republicans to wage a filibuster if theGOP wants to block the latest Iraq withdrawal bill, aides and senatorssaid Tuesday.
That could set the stage for a dramaticend-of-the-year partisan showdown, which Democrats hope will help themturn voter frustration with Congress and the stalemate over Iraq intoanger with the Republican Party.
In layman's terms, until now the Democrats had been allowing their Iraq bills to be blocked, after which the Democrats would give up. This time, they are calling the Republican's bluff, and allowing the minority party in Congress to stage a true filibuster. It would last all night, pretty much endangering the GOP's chances in 2008. "This incumbent stayed all night to help prevent the war from ending," some Democratic challenger could say.
Again, in reality, it won't amount to squat. But it is an effort. Congress will actually have to stay up past its bedtime.