Syria Vote Unites Far Left, Far Right

In House, liberals join libertarians in opposition

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 6, 2013 5:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – When President Obama addresses the nation on Tuesday about Syria, he'll no doubt be hoping to sway members of Congress, too. Just how tricky that will be is made clear by the Washington Post, which reports that opposition to any such military strike has managed the rare feat of uniting liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans. The story focuses on Alan Grayson on the left and Ted Yoho on the right, both Florida representatives. “We’re gonna win,” says Grayson. “Pretty sure.” The Post's count suggests they've got a clear advantage.

It has more than 100 members "solidly against" military action, and the same number leaning against. Another 185 are undecided. Those definitely in favor? Just 25, though that includes the top two leaders from each party (Boehner, Cantor, Pelosi, and Hoyer.) "This is a remarkable moment in American politics," write David A. Fahrenthold and Paul Kane. "A demonstration that the power of parties may be ebbing after a period of strong partisan discipline." Things are much closer in the Senate, and Harry Reid predicted today that he'll get his 60 votes, reports Politico. Meanwhile, a memo from Cantor to GOP lawmakers says they should expect a vote "in the next two weeks." That suggests to the Hill that House leaders are considering delaying the vote from next week to the one following.

A 2009 file photo of Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.
A 2009 file photo of Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, FILE)
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