Sunday, February 04, 2007

Dark Horse Dems call for Congressional courage

The DNC held their winter confab and the rhetoric coming from the dark horse candidates was encouraging.
"As someone who served in Congress for 14 years, I know the power they hold, should they choose to wield it," New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson told the DNC yesterday at the Hilton Washington hotel. "The Congress passed a resolution authorizing war. They need to pass another one that overturns that authorization and brings our troops home by the end of the calendar year."

Former senator John Edwards (N.C.) was equally adamant on Friday that members of Congress stand up against the president. "It is a betrayal not to stop this president's plan to escalate the war when we have the responsibility, the power and the ability to stop it," he said. "We cannot be satisfied with passing nonbinding resolutions that we know this president will ignore."
Of course, it's easy for them to take a position that doesn't require them to take any action themselves and Edwards has made some alarming remarks about Iran besides, but I think overall it's a good thing that these ideas are being broached in the context of the campaigns. If they're perceived to well received by the people, it will force the top runners into taking a position on them and perhaps even compel them to take action.
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