Markos' First Newsweek Column Up: The Iraq Funding Bill

Newsweek's newest political contributor, Markos of Daily Kos, has his first column up about the war funding bills and how Democrats so far have failed to keep their promise.

It's the second most widely read article on Newsweek's site. Go on over and read it. Besides being really good, it'd be great to push him to Number One. A snippet:

If Reid and Pelosi stand firm they will finally fulfill one of their key 2006 campaign promises, proving they have the courage to stand tough for what they believe, while giving the vast majority of the American people what they want.

If they yield they will reinforce perceptions of Democratic weakness. Worse, they will be siding with an unpopular president and an unpopular Republican Party over an unpopular war, and their own popularity will suffer as a result.

The options to those of us outside of the Beltway are so obvious it's truly unfathomable that we are still left wondering which path the Democrats will take.

Congress is now on a two week break. The Senate returns December 3 and the House on December 4.

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    Markos: purity troll (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 10:53:20 PM EST

    Right on the mark (none / 0) (#2)
    by MiddleOfTheRoad on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 11:16:46 PM EST
    Kos nails it in the article.  The vast majority of this country hates the Iraq war, Bush's popularity is at historic lows, Dems make sizeable gains in 2006 while promising to end the war.  So if the Republicans filibuster or if Bush vetoes - let them.  The result is that Bush does not get $50 Billion for the war.

    Now who was elected on a pledge of fiscal responsibility, but so far is acting like a teenager with a new credit card?

    be curious to see (none / 0) (#3)
    by cpinva on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 11:17:29 PM EST
    rove's response.

    Rove (none / 0) (#5)
    by manys on Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 09:53:54 AM EST
    Is Newsweek actually pitting them against each other?

    what's more unfathomable: people will vote Dem (none / 0) (#4)
    by Compound F on Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 11:48:55 PM EST
    NO MATTER WHAT!  Therein lies the problem.  Dems have no reason to play to their base.  Unconditional voting is the dumbest possible strategy.  I'd much rather people conditioned their vote on results.