GOP’s Senate Leader wants to institute permanent filibuster on Iraq votes

The Republican Senators don’t want to end the war in Iraq. They want to stay the course. Look no further than what Republican leader Mitch McConnell proposed — a permanent filibuster on any Iraq related issue. The GOPers are in a filibuster frenzy. They’ll do anything to protect their president, George Bush:

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) responded to Reid with a counteroffer: an automatic 60-vote threshold for all key Iraq amendments, eliminating the time-consuming process of clearing procedural hurdles. Democrats agreed to similar terms on several Iraq votes earlier this year, and all the controversial war-related votes held since Democrats took control of the Senate in January have required 60 “yeas” to pass.

“It’s a shame that we find ourselves in the position that we’re in,” McConnell said. “It produces a level of animosity and unity on the minority side that makes it more difficult for the majority to pass important legislation.”

This is why the Democrats need to force the issue and make the Republicans accountable. McConnell and the GOP caucus are way more interested in GOP party unity than ending the war. That’s disgusting.

What’s also pathetic is that the traditional media doesn’t get it. McConnell and the Republican Senators have been getting away with their filibuster games because the press won’t call them on it. And, McConnell and his crew know how to play the press. Don’t forget, Rove is setting the GOP’s Iraq policy.

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