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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Politics - Iraq Occupation On California Ballot

Well, I'll be pickled and sliced and slathered in sour cream. It looks as if the California legislature has decided to put withdrawal from Iraq on the ballot. If it passes, it ends up in the California presidential primary on February 5. It's already passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate.

Of course, there is a possibility that Schwarzie will veto it, but if he does he will piss off a lot of voters, possibly a majority. On the other hand, if he doesn't, he risks pissing off the Rethugs:
The Assembly vote split mainly along party lines, with Democrats arguing that the invasion of Iraq had been a disaster that had cost the United States dearly in lives and dollars.

"If silence equals consent, we cannot remain silent anymore," said Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley. "We need to give the citizens of California a concrete opportunity to express their hopes."
It's symbolic and nonbinding, but I think people are longing for a gesture, any kind of gesture, at this point.

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