It's so nice to have something good to report about on our Congressional Democrats. David Obey gets it just right this time.
Obey: The Bush Administration is promoting a lot of stories over the past week about nasty actions in the Pentagon that will have to be taken if Congress doesn’t provide a bridge fund for the Iraqi war. Like so many other things in this town, those stories have things backwards. The House has already passed a $50 billion bridge fund which will provide all of the funding necessary for Iraq through at least February and beyond. But the President’s allies in the Senate are preventing it from even reaching his desk because they don’t like the conditions under which the money is provided. Let me repeat: the money has already been provided by the House of representatives, if the President wants that $50 billion released, all he has to do is call the Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell, and ask him to stop blocking it. That phone number is (202) 224-2541 in case anyone is interested.
Having been burned too many times by raised expectations, I'm reluctant to get too fired up about this, but it's exactly the theme they need to stress -- Democrats are moving the bills and the GOP are blocking them. They should keep this narrative up and repeat it every single day until it sticks in the public consciousness. [via]