GOP Congress May Not Want to Lose Their Jobs
After the President vetoed the most recent Iraq funding bill, all but 2 of the 201 congressional Republicans voted to sustain the veto.
Rep. Jack Kingston, a reliable Bush supporter from the southern state of Georgia, said that vote "could have been the peak, possibly the last statement of House public solidarity with the White House. As the war develops in the next two crucial months, the political solidarity may change."
A question is increasingly asked in the Capitol: how big a price might the party pay if the war continues to claim U.S. casualties without quelling the anti-American insurgency?
"We have been very supportive" of the administration's Iraq policy, Kingston told The Associated Press. But among Republican House members, he said, "There are discussions on the floor: 'Hey, 30 members lost their seats last year, and a lot of them lost because of the war.'"
For whatever reason, it looks like two to five months is a deadline for progress in Iraq. I'm thinking that a lot of Republicans will jump ship once their re-election is within a year away.