Leaders lead. Followers follow.
Yesterday Russ Feingold once again urged the Senate to vote for surrender in Iraq, and the Senate once again balked. The vote on "cloture"--i.e., to allow a vote on the measure itself--was 29-67, with 60 "aye" votes required for approval. Every Democratic senator with presidential aspirations voted for cloture, including New York's Hillary Clinton, as the Washington Post reports:
[Mrs. Clinton] has long opposed setting a withdrawal date. But she voted for the Feingold measure as a message to Bush. Later, she sought to distance herself from the amendment by stressing its procedural nature, though when pressed by reporters, she acknowledged that she supports the Feingold proposal. Still, she said, "I'm not going to speculate on what I'm going to be voting on in the future."
To sum up: She opposes it, she voted for it to send a message, she distanced herself from it, she supports it, and she's not going to speculate about what she's going to do in the future.
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