A bit of recent history since, until I was corrected by 2.5 cats in a comment below, I was under the incorrect impression that a “vast majority” of Democrats in Congress supported the 2002 Iraq war resolution. Turns out it was only a substantial majority of Democratic Senators.
Yet more proof, if any were needed, of the incredible self-policing instant-verification and correction system of the blogosphere. The future belongs to journalism with comments.
For the record, according to a very useful and concise discussion on Wikipedia, “The 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public law 107-243, 116 Stat. 1497-1502) was a law passed by the United States Congress authorizing what was soon to become the Iraq War. The authorization was sought by President George W. Bush. Introduced as H.J.Res. 114, it passed the House on October 10, 2002 by a vote of 296-133, and by the Senate on October 11 by a vote of 77-23. It was signed into law by President Bush on October 16.”
In the House, 215 Republicans voted Yes, 6 No and 2 Present; 81 Democrats voted Yes, 126 No (61% of the delegation) and 1 Present; the sole Independent voted No. The final vote was 296 Yes (69% of the House), 133 No, and 3 Present.
In the Senate, 28 Democrats voted Yes (56% of the delegation, including Senators Clinton, Kerry, Edwards, Biden, Bayh, and Daschle) and 22 voted No; 49 Republicans voted Yes and one voted No (Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island). Note that the Democrats controlled the Senate and could have postponed a vote on the Resolution until after the November election.
Thanks 2.5 cats!