Carol Platt Liebau: A Step Forward

Thursday, September 28, 2006

A Step Forward

The Senate has approved legislation providing for the interrogation of terrorist detainees.

It passed 65-34, which means that a number of Democrats joined the Republicans in supporting it. Notably, however, Republican Lincoln Chafee voted with the Democrats -- and the Dems who would constitute the Democratic leadership opposed it, which tells you all you need to know about where the country would head if the Dems were in the majority. Note also that 160 Democrats opposed the House bill.

Hugh Hewitt has transcribed Patrick Leahy's diatribe on the Senate floor today -- a rant that clearly shows that, like so many Democrats, Leahy is more concerned with the rights of terrorists than the safety of Americans.

Thankfully, President Bush seems to understand why it's important to highlight the contrasts between his approach and that of the Democrats. Long unused to making sharply partisan statements about his adversaries, today, the President commented that:

Democrats offer nothing but criticism and obstructionism and endless second-guessing. The party of FDR (Franklin D. Roosevelt), the party of Harry Truman, has become the party of cut and run.

And he's quite right. For too long, Dems have attacked the President with impunity. It's time they understand that he intends to respond, and point out the differences that make it clear why Republican leadership in the war on terror isn't just preferable -- it's vital.


Blogger LQ said...

I think Bush's going after the democrats will help win support for the war against terror and help the GOP politically in the upcoming elections.

I am confidant he will remain on the high road and act presidential,in contrast to Slick Willie's foolishness last Sunday.

9:58 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

A president is always, rightly, reluctant to attack Congress. Reason: he wants to get things done, legislation initiated, legislation passed. Its hard, obviously, if you are slinging barbs at them.

Why the Democrats think the opposite, that slinging barbs at the President will influence him is beyond me. I suppose they think they are speaking to the electorate who will, in turn, influence him. But he's already been elected. Another sign of disconnect.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Orphan in Bama said...

I think "dodger" is on to something here about the implied setup of the checks and balances system,

The President needs Congress to enact his preferred legislation, but the Congress needs rhe President only to sign bills they pass. A difference? You bet! The Congress already knows what a bill must contain to be signed by the President, but the President doesn't really know the tenor of the Congress at all times.

Also, if the Congress really wants a bill enacted, they may do it without the President's agreement. A 2/3 majority works every time.

All said and done, the system works pretty well. It is the Congress who runs the country, not the President.


4:32 AM  

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