A dangerous game of “chicken” for Democrats

Boston Globe
by Doug Schoen

04/23/07

Democrats and Republicans in Washington are headed toward a showdown. At issue is how to provide an additional $100 billion in supplemental funding to support American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Congressional Democrats are intent on passing legislation that will include a requirement — or at least a call — to bring the troops home next year. President Bush insists he will accept no such provision, even if it means vetoing legislation that would provide badly needed money for the troops in the field. The American people, he maintains, will fault Democrats if that happens. In short, the politicians in Washington are playing a high stakes game of chicken — one whose outcome will change the balance of power and have a profound effect on the 2008 presidential elections...

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