House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would call a vote on the increase, trying to isolate Bush and put Republicans on the spot. Democratic leaders in the Senate also said they would schedule a debate next week on a symbolic measure expressing opposition.
Key Bay Area Democrats like Foreign Affairs Committee chair Tom Lantos and Ellen Tauscher, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, were part of a small delegation that met with the President yesterday.
Pelosi is on offense, putting the GOP on the spot. But Bush is too, going after the only two Democrats of the Bay Area delegation who screwed up when he fooled them the first time.
Tauscher needs to stop talking to Bush and start following Pelosi.
"It was not a confrontational meeting," said Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Alamo), who said she emphasized the importance of the Iraqi government making political progress. "I think he understands that, at some level, this is the last best chance."
Why the hell was it not confrontational? Tauscher needs to go.