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Posted by on Feb 1, 2007 in War | 6 comments

Bipartisan Cooperation: Maybe There’s Hope

Bipartisanship can work, sometimes. From today’s WaPo

Democratic and Republican opponents of President Bush’s troop-buildup plan joined forces last night behind the nonbinding resolution with the broadest bipartisan backing: a Republican measure from Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced the shift, hoping to unite a large majority of the Senate and thwart efforts by the White House and GOP leaders to derail any congressional resolution of disapproval of Bush’s decision to increase U.S. troop levels in Iraq by 21,500.

Although the original Democratic language was popular within the party, it had little appeal among Republicans. Warner’s proposal drew support from both sides, and it was retooled last night to maximize both Democratic and Republican votes.

Is this the right outcome? I don’t know. But at least they’re moving forward. And I, for one, would say that’s encouraging, and we should probably give those involved — Reid, Warner, and others — our congratulations on what we can only hope is a first step toward broader consensus.