Pop quiz: who was it that
called Tuesday for Congress to block funding for additional troops in Iraq…
…[and] said the nation needs to let Bush know that he doesn’t have a blank check for the war.
“I think it’s one way of absolutely putting that on the table,” … “Mr. President, you don’t have a blank check. Congress basically made a mistake by giving him a blank check at the beginning of this process. Now they are basically saying you don’t get a second blank check.” …
“I think the country has found its voice,” … “Unfortunately, I don’t think the president is listening to it.” …
“There is more than one way to support the troops,” … “One way to support them is by not putting more of them in harms way.”
Ted Kennedy? Dennis Kucinich?
Nope — it’s Tom Vilsack, outgoing Governor of Iowa, candidate for President, and chair of the “centrist” Democratic Leadership Council.
Wow, so I guess the DLC is taking the anti-escalation position, huh? No funding for additional troops without Congress’s say-so, just like Ted Kennedy proposed yesterday?
“Conventional wisdom says that presidential candidates who want to be responsible on this are going to hurt themselves with the angry, impassioned activist left,” said Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Democratic think tank. “But the activist left is out of sync with the American public. Americans don’t want to concede this is a total debacle.”
Will, meet Tom. Tom, meet Will. You guys seriously need to get your story straight.