WASHINGTON - In a stunning vote that illustrated President Bush's diminished standing, the Senate on Thursday ignored his veto threat and added tens of billions of dollars for veterans and the unemployed to his Iraq war spending bill...
But the spectacle of 25 Senate Republicans abandoning the White House and voting to extend jobless benefits by 13 weeks and boost the GI Bill to provide veterans enough money to pay for a four-year education at a public institution made it plain that Bush's influence is waning.
"He has no political capital left," said Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah.
The Republicans claim of supporting the troops is a travesty. It's travesty of a mockery. It's a mockery of a sham. They've almost unanimously voted against every single veterans' benefit package that has come up.
So why can't the Democrats just SAY so? How come the Republicans routinely attack the other party's patriotism with impunity. They look at that Democrats and yell, "You don't support the troops!" and the Democrats just stand there haplessly saying. "Yes, we do. We really do. Honest."
Why can't the Democrats just SAY "Republicans almost unanimously voted against every single veterans' benefit package that has come up. Democrats have almost unanimously voted for them."
I don't see why that's so hard.