Shailagh Murray and Jonathan "Fuck Brad DeLong" Weisman report that Democrats have caved in to Bush *already*. I was shocked and appalled by "Democrats" but, after reading the article past the jump, I am unshocked and appalled by Weisman.
It turns out that the Democrats who offer "first major concession: an agreement to drop their demand for a timeline to bring troops home from Iraq." do not include nancy Pelosi "Pelosi is also reluctant to embrace such a compromise until she sees how far congressional Republicans are willing to bend." or David Obey "Already, liberal Democrats think that public opinion and circumstances in Iraq are on their side, and they view benchmarks alone as far too weak. House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (Wis.) has repeatedly told Democratic leaders that he would not report a war funding bill out of his committee that he could not support."
So who exactly are the Democrats who are backing down and offering to completely give up as their *first* concession ? One clearly is Steny Hoyer who has gone public and split the caucus. Harry Reid may or may not be siding with Hoyer against Pelosi. Murray and Weisman report that he outlined a measure, but didn't bother to say what it was. The only Democrat whose proposal they quote is Hoyer who may be majority leader but better remember that Pelosi is not a Hastert.
Finally they declare in the own voice that congress must give in to Bush
"While deadlines for troop withdrawals had to be dropped from the spending bill"
Who decided that deadlines *had* to be dropped ? Murray and Weisman are not quoting anyone in this passage. They are declaring on their own authority as WAPO journalists that deadlines must be dropped. So it has been written so it shall be done.
Check the context below; I really am not exaggerating. Years of dictating to Democrats have driven the Washington Post staff insane and caused them to be profoundly confused about the US Constitution. Just let me refresh their memories
article 1 section 7 "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills" that is to say until Obey and Pelosi knuckle under, the Democrats have not backed down.
Full context for command to the US congress from Murray and Weisman excercising their power under the 69th amendment which declares anything published on page A1 of the Washington post to supersede anything written in the US Constitution
But a new dynamic also is at work, with some Republicans now saying [snip]
While deadlines for troop withdrawals had to be dropped from the spending bill, such language is likely to appear in a defense policy measure that is expected to reach the House floor in two weeks, just when a second war funding bill could be ready for a House vote. Democrats want the next spending measure to pass before Congress recesses on May 25 for Memorial Day weekend.
Beyond that, Democrats remain deeply divided over how far to give in to the White House.
Greg Sargent notes that Pelosi and Reid's office say that Weisman is totally full of it.
That is very interesting, since I was told in no uncertain terms by one of her aides that the withdrawal dates had to go, since they could not stand by language Bush would never sign. That was cofirmed by another senior leadership aide and two members of the leadership.
I can say with no reluctance whatsoever that we stand by the story. By the way, nobody has contacted me about it. That should tell you a lot.
Sargent notes that Weisman is not, in fact, standing by the story that Democrats have offered the concession to Bush. A not for attribution quote is different from an offer. I'd say that Pelosi should be interested in finding out if one of her aids is really undermining her negotiating strategy, but that Weisman is clearly completely irresponsible and dishonest.
Note that the "had to go" assertion now ascribed to an anonymous aid was the one stated in Murray and Weisman's own voice in the article. I would guess that their confusion about whether or not they are legislators is due to the fact that the view was shared with them on double super secret don't attribute this in any way to any human or other sentient being background and that Weisman has, among other things, semi burned a source.
Why the hell is he reporting for the Washington Post ?