The Vote On Syria Is Shaping Up To Be A Full-Fledged Disaster For Obama

Friday, September 6, 2013
By Paul Martin

SEP. 6, 2013

It has been a week since President Barack Obama made the decision to take his plans for military action in Syria to a vote in Congress. And in that week, Congress has seemingly only progressed further away from approving those plans.

The whip counts in the House, particularly, don’t look good for Obama. ThinkProgress has 217 House members at a firm “no” or leaning “no,” which is right on the cusp of a failure already. The Washington Post puts the count of “no” votes at 205. The Hill has the most sober count of “no” House votes, at just 114.

The feeling is clear: Though the Senate might approve its resolution for a strike, the House is potentially lining up to hand Obama a historic defeat on Syria.

This is no small problem for Obama, who likely has only a few days left to sell his plan after returning home from Russia and the G20 summit. Though he made a politically savvy decision to get Congress involved in the deliberations, there is plenty to suggest that Obama is staking much of his second-term credibility on the passage of the resolution and on his Syria strategy overall.

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