The People’s House has spoken on the Libyan adventure, and done so in a lopsidedly bipartisan fashion:
The House delivered a stinging rejection of President Barack Obama’s military intervention in Libya on Friday, voting in bipartisan fashion against authorizing the mission for another year. The president’s supporters still held out hope that they could stop an effort to restrict funding for hostilities later Friday.
The overwhelming majority of Republicans and 70 Democrats combined to kill the authorization for the use of force on a lopsided 123-295 vote. GOP leaders allowed it to come to the floor so that they could demonstrate Obama does not have the support of the House for the mission — and they did just that.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has pulled the “whose side are you on?” card:
At PJM, Bryan Preston recalls the golden days of three years ago when dissent was still patriotic. The fact that she’s willing to stoop to this depth is significant as a measurement of how invested the White House is in Libya at this point, both politically and diplomatically.
We are leaving Afghanistan at an accelerated rate for political reasons, and remaining in Libya for political reasons. Bring on the stilt puppets, cue the bongos, enter Code Pink, stage left…
No? I guess they’ve gone on holidays.
This is the perfect little liberal’s war: No one we care about gets hurt, we still get to blow things up, and we have zero national interest at stake. Had the president done the traditional thing and gone to Congress under the terms of the War Powers Act – all the while refusing to acknowledge its primacy over his executive powers – he could at least have given his partisans in Congress some fig leaf for decency’s sake.
Instead, by becoming the first president to acknowledged that the WPA can constrain a president’s freedom to act as commander-in-chief (just not in this particular case), he has managed to damage not just the presidency and his own credibility, but he has also the reduced the US Congress to an impotent talking shop.
No mean feat, that.