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The Seattle P-I , October 5th, 2007
“Patty Murray rolls the dice”
by Liz Mair Link to original source

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate passed the fiscal year 2008 Defense Authorization bill.

It was a largely unremarkable event, except in two respects. The Democratic-moved bill contained no language to force President Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq; and the bill passed by a 92-3 margin, with just two Democrats opposing it.

The vote should have the Democratic base, and anti-war voters, more generally, asking questions -- especially in Washington, home of Sen. Patty Murray.

Murray is one of the more prominent anti-war voices in the Senate, as one of the original 23 senators who voted against the 2002 resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. She is also the fourth-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership -- and, thus, is looking increasingly ineffective in using her position of power to ensure that Democrats deliver on one of the core compacts with voters who elected them to congressional majorities last year: bring the Iraq war to a close.

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