Bush/McCain/Lieberman troop-scalation Tally

Think Progress is keeping tabs on who's for, against and meh on Bush's impending escalation of the troop-level in Iraq.

Of the 21 who oppose escalation, 6 are Republicans, 15 are Dems, including the leaders of both the House and Senate, Reid and Pelosi.

Of the 15 "wait and see"-ers, 3 are Dems, 12 GOP-ers.

Of the 7 supporters 6 are Republicans and one is a Lieberman. If Ned Lamont's campaign did anything (and it certainly did, showing the power of a true opposition, not to mention the blogs...) it shoved Lieberman into the no-man's-land of being an Independent, removing the imprimatur of bipartisanship from every shitty Bush plan that sees the light of day.

Joe, if George decided to jump off a bridge...

The most interesting thing is the tone of the quotes from supporters. More mealy-mouthed and contingency-filled and just patently full of BS than even the hedgers...

Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO): “If the White House says more troops are needed, I would assume it is based on the recommendations they are getting from the commanders in the field, and I’ll support that.”
You just assume? That's a pretty sound reason for ensuring that more people will die. Cool.
Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ): “I happen to agree with my colleague John McCain that there are probably several missions in which more troops would actually be a big help, particularly when it comes to securing unsecured areas. If that is the president’s decision — and I know we’re being a bit premature here — I think we ought to give it a chance to try to help the president and see if that can work.”
Probably...actually...particularly...if...premature...I think...chance...try...if...can...

Are you f**king kidding me?

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