Today, the Congressional Quarterly (subscription required), reveals that the conference report on the war supplemental adopted by the House and cleared by the Senate last week, had not yet been sent to the president because Speaker Pelosi wants more time to personally read it and sign it.
That's right, even though she voted for it, Pelosi hasn’t even read the bill yet. The presidential veto of the legislation containing the Democrats' withdrawal language, the veto promised for the last three months, should have happened long ago. It hasn't because Speaker Pelosi has done everything imaginable, and some things unimaginable - like going on vacation to visit a state sponsor of terrorism before naming the conferees and waiting days to sign the report she failed to read before she voted on - to delay getting the bill to the White House for the certain veto. The delay prompted presidential Tony Snow to offer to walk down to the Capital to pick it up:
“It’s now been passed for five days,” said Bush spokesman Tony Snow. “We’re not quite sure why it’s been so difficult to convey it one mile up Pennsylvania Avenue … I could walk down and pick it up today.”Apparently all of Nancy's delaying shenanigans were designed to allow a carefully arranged political statement by the Democrats. According to The Hill, they will stage a signing event to send their war supplemental bill to the White House:
The ceremony will come four years to the day after Bush stood in front of a “Mission Accomplished” sign and declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq.Is anyone else tiring of the Democrats' political theater? If they are going to fund the war, just do it. If the Democrats truly want to end the war, they should refuse to fund it. Either way the Democrats should stop using the money, needed to support our troops fighting the war, to seek some partisan political advantage.