Friday, May 26, 2006

House to Debate Iraq

The Chicago Tribune reports that the House of Representatives will soon hold a debate on the Iraq war. Apart from that, I think they get it all wrong. The debate is not by choice; it's been forced. And it probably poses as much of a challenge for Democrats as it does for Republicans. I covered this a while ago, and explained why it will make Democrats very uncomfortable.

Here's the Trib's take:

GOP to put war up for debate
House leaders gamble forum will aid election
By Jill Zuckman
Washington Bureau
Published May 25, 2006

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders, in a significant political gamble, are planning to hold a free-flowing debate over the Iraq war on the House floor in coming weeks, facing head-on what may be the most difficult issue to threaten pro-war incumbents in the fall election.

"We are the people's house, and serious issues of the day ought to be debated here in the House," said House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). "And a lot of members on both sides of the aisle have concerns about where we are, what is going on. Others have concerns that the whole story in Iraq isn't being told in terms of all the good things that are happening there."

The decision to hold a public debate on an issue that has sent President Bush's approval ratings tumbling and put Democrats within striking distance of recapturing the House reflects the growing pressure facing Republicans from bad news about the war. GOP leaders hope the forum will give their endangered incumbents a chance to distance themselves from the war, argue that it is going better than most recognize, or both.

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