It looks as though Senate Republicans have successfully filibustered an effort to pass a resolution critical of President Bush's Iraq policy. As readers may know, I hate the filibuster and this is just another example of why. In this case, a minority of Senators has managed to prevent a debate on a non-binding resolution! This is hardly the sort of dangerous and repressive legislation that filibuster proponents say filibusters are supposed to prevent.
Anyway, as a way of getting around the filibuster, why don't Democrats offer up a non-binding resolution expressing their unstinting support for Bush's Iraq policy? If Republicans filibustered that, Democrats could argue that it represents a vote of no confidence in the President's policy. If they do allow a debate on the resolution, Republicans, especially those up for reelection in 2008, would have a hard time giving such unequivocal support to an unpopular policy. Heads I win, tails you lose.