Democrat Senator Calls for Vote on Military Strikes in Iraq and Syria, Other Democrats Freak Out

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 at 6:45 am

Sure, why bother to concern yourself with national security when you’re desperate to keep hold of the Senate? It’s not like ISIS poses a real threat to America or anything. Besides, Democrats realize anything to do with Obama these days is an even greater threat. To their political futures.

Sen. Tim Kaine’s outspoken push for a vote to approve military strikes in Iraq and Syria has cranked up tensions with fellow Democrats who worry it could hurt them on Election Day.

Vulnerable Democrats fighting for their political lives are frustrated that Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, is pressing for a debate on giving President Obama new war powers at a time when the commander-in-chief has become a political liability for them.

Asking anybody to take that vote within two months of an election is just stupid. Why would you put people in that position?” said a Senate Democratic aide.

A vote to authorize Obama to strike at Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria beyond the 60-day window set out by the War Powers Resolution would be a de facto referendum on the president, according to another aide.

“I think it’s dumb,” said the second Democratic aide. “The less the president is in the news with anything right now, the better.” 

That’s true, but at the same time he’s still Commander-in-Chief, and ironically enough the GOP is probably far more likely to side with him if a vote does come up since they actually care about national security.

Kaine’s response to critics is that voters elected him and other senators to make tough decisions, not avoid them before an election.

“I don’t think anybody should just be in this job for the politics. They should be in the job to do the right thing,” he told The Hill in an interview Tuesday.

“The notion of, ‘Well, we don’t want to cast a hard vote before a midterm because it might be unpopular,’ that’s the job we volunteered for.”

Give him some credit for honesty, at least.

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