Congress was all set to relax and run for reelection. House Republicans expected to run on “just say no.” Obama served up one more opportunity, “just say no to intervention in Syria.” How might that work politically?
- Many, if not most Democrats don’t want intervention in Syria.
- Some Republicans don’t want intervention in Syria.
- American voters are split at the moment at about 50:50 for or against intervention.
Remember, President Obama isn’t running for election anymore. He is just completing his term in office and hoping that voters give to him a more workable and therefore more functional Congress.
So, who are signing up for an incursion into the Syrian civil war?
- France and not England
- Not the UN
- Al Qaeda
- Senators McCain and Graham with caveats
- Republicans (Your names here)
- Democrats (Your names here)
- Obama (If you make me)
If Republicans go on record and favor an incursion and many people in their districts and states are against it, that will undermine their election bid. If Democrats support the President, that will be a conditional gray area and may not have an effect.
More information for the electorate to chew on probably hurts incumbents more than helps them.
“New Senate Syria plan limits President Obama
By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 9/2/13 5:29 PM EDT
Senate leaders are working on a revised resolution authorizing U.S. strikes in Syria that puts President Barack Obama on a short leash in responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad’s forces, sources said Monday.
But whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) can find the 60 votes he will need to overcome an expected filibuster of the new Syria proposal is still far from clear.”