WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Democratic lawmakers and staffers privately say they're closing in on a broad budget deal that would give President Bush as much as $70 billion in new war funding.
The deal would lack a key provision Democrats had attached to previous funding bills calling for most U.S. troops to come home from Iraq by the end of 2008, which would be a significant legislative victory for Bush.
Democrats admit such a move would be highly controversial within their own party. Coming just weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, vowed the White House would not get another dollar in war money this year, it would further antagonize the liberal base of the party, which has become frustrated with the congressional leadership's failure to push back on Bush's Iraq policy.
"The base will not be happy," said one senior Democratic aide, who requested anonymity to candidly discuss budget negotiations that have not been completed.
Christ, Allmighty, has there ever been a bigger, stupider blight on America than "senior Democratic aides"?
Okay, fine, you're right--Republican presidents have been. Also, I know, Republican House and Senate leaders. And, I grant you, Republican minority leaders. "Values voters" are pretty bad, too. And probably any Democrat who wins Iowa.
Your point is well taken.
But you have to admit: senior Democratic aides are up there.
The base won't be happy?
We're not your base, douchebag. We're not like the trained seals on the extreme fanatical right. We don't listen for code words in your speeches, or pop dangerous four hour long boners when you throw some blood in the water. And if you get your picture taken with a lamp light in the background, we don't think that's a halo and we just saw the second coming of Jesus.
We're concerned Americans. We're the majority of Americans. And we arrived at our opinions all by ourselves and long before our "representatives" and their dumbass "senior Democratic aides", who we had to drag, kicking and screaming, to our point of view by soundly voting out the last Congress which didn't listen to us.
We are not your "base"--we're not even convinced we "like" you. We just feel the alternative is too corrupt and perverted, and unintelligent to even be bothered with trying to fix.
What we are is your "boss". And we're extremely unhappy with your job performance.
Unless, of course, by "base", you mean an actual military base. Then, you're absolutely correct!
Patience with the war, which has lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in World War II, is wearing thin -- particularly among families who have sent a service member to the conflict. One- quarter say American troops should stay "as long as it takes to win." Nearly seven in 10 favor a withdrawal within the coming year or "right away."
Military families are only slightly more patient: 35 percent are willing to stay until victory; 58 percent want them home within a year or sooner.
Here, too, the military families surveyed are in sync with the general population, 64 percent of whom call for a withdrawal by the end of next year.
But if that's not what this "senior Democratic aide" meant, then God forgive his mother for whatever she did with her relatives to spawn such a tail bearing moron.
Privately, Democrats say they have little choice but to give the president at least some war funding because Senate Republicans have vowed to block any final budget deal unless it has at least some of the war funding Bush has requested.
Of course! Because when you're confronted by a President with a 28% approval rate who wants seventy billion dollars for something 64% of Americans disagree with, what choice do you have but to give in???
Senior Democratic aides will tell you that's the smart move every time.
Still, Democrats are trying to sell $70 billion in new war funding as a partial victory for them. They point out that while the final numbers are still in flux during intense private negotiations, Bush is likely to get far less money than he originally requested.
"What is for sure is he will not get all $200 billion," said one senior Democratic lawmaker. "Whatever number it is, it is much less than what the president asked for. For the first time in this war, he has received less than his request."
But senior administration officials privately say they expect to be able to get at least of the rest of the president's $200 billion request passed through Congress next year.
I'm sure that "senior Democratic aides" advised Democrats that it would be a partial victory to defeat Bush's two hundred billion dollar request for the most unpopular war in American history by giving him seventy billion now. And the rest later.
It was truly infuriating and disheartening to watch Democrats fail to do the right thing just because the right thing was unpopular.
I don't know what the words are to describe watching Democrats fail to do the right thing even when it is popular.