Iraq - Democrat put up or shut up - So they shut up

Vote on an early Iraq pullout:

"The Senate rejected a call for the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq by year's end on Thursday as Congress erupted in impassioned, election-year debate over a conflict that now has claimed the lives of 2,500 American troops.

The vote was 93-6 to shelve the proposal, which would have allowed "only forces that are critical to completing the mission of standing up Iraqi security forces" to remain in 2007.

The vote came alongside a daylong debate in the House, where Republicans defended the war as key to winning the global struggle against terrorism while Democrats excoriated President Bush and his policies.

"We must stand firm in our commitment to fight terrorism and the evil it inflicts throughout the world. We must renew our resolve that the actions of evildoers will not dictate American policy," House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said in remarks laden with references to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The war was "a grotesque mistake," countered the Democratic House leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record) of California. "The administration continues to dig a hole. They refuse to come up and see the light," she said."

No Madam Pelosi, we SEE the light and so do the American people. They see that while Republicans stand on principle and support our troops, Democrats have no core, no plan and when push comes to shove just bow out.

The six who voted Yea? Who else: Boxer, Byrd, Feingold, Harkin, Kerry and Kennedy. Heh, this was Kerry's suggestion. Shows how many will run with him in 2008. You're done Lurch.

UPDATE: House follows suit - here is the breakdown on Nays on "We support the troops and their mission" Democrats.