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Matt Stoller has the rundown of the Blue Dog saboteurs of the House who won't vote for the Iraq bill:

Michael Arcuri (NY-24)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Melissa Bean (IL-08)
Dan Boren (OK-02)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Bud Cramer (AL-02)
Lincoln Davis (TN-04)
Joe Donnelly (IN-02)
Brad Ellsworth (IN-08)
Bob Ethridge (NC-02)
Baron Hill (IN-09)
Tim Mahoney (FL-16)
Jim Marshall (GA-08)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
John Salazar (CO-03)
Heath Shuler (NC-11)
Gene Taylor (MS-04)

I wish there were no Blue America candidates on there but sadly there are (Mike Arcuri).  Kristen Gillibrand is a Blue Dog but she has said she will buck the saboteurs and vote for the bill.  The jury is still out on Joe Sestak, who is not a Blue Dog but was originally credited with opposing the bill (although he has introduced his own bill that would "cut off money for military operations by December 31," so it's unclear where he stands.)

Stoller again:

Democrats have little room on this bill, five votes to give unless they can bring over a few Republicans. There are nineteen people on this list.

The leadership isn't there yet with this bill, and if they move to the right they will and should lose progressives. It's time for outside groups to put pressure on these Blue Dogs.

If any of these are your representatives, feel free to contact them and express your feelings about their support for endless war. 

Meanwhile, over in the Senate

Mr. Reid acknowledged that he was not sure whether he had a majority for his resolution. “We’ll see,” he said, acknowledging that Democrats, who with two independents hold 51 Senate seats, start out with only 49 votes, because of the illness of Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Senator Joseph I. Lieberman’s alliance with the Bush administration on Iraq. Moreover, while several moderate Republicans have sided with the Democrats on past Iraq resolutions, some have made it clear that they do not like the current measure.

Conveniently, Reid and Co. can bang all the anti-war gongs they want to and never have to worry about coming through on anything because Joe is there to save their bacon, keep all that defense contractor money flowing and (let's not forget) keep AIPAC smiling.

If they really cared about ending the war they'd yank Lieberman's chain like a carpet pissing puppy, because as Greg Sargent has noted, he's not going anywhere — he sure as hell doesn't want to be a member of a party that is headed into the crapper.  No, Joe is feted by Democratic party leadership because he gives them cover to do what they want while publicly appearing to appease the 70% of the country who want to see an end to their tragic and disastrous war.

Do we look that stupid? 

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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