The Murtha Maneuver: A Study.
First the resolution proffered by Rep. Hunter (R-CA) was soundly defeated and only three Democrats voted for it. There were a handful of Democrats and one Independent who did not vote on the measure.
Now, the Democrats main line of attack was the resolution being voted on was not Murtha's and was a cheap political stunt (OMG: Politicians playing politics! There ought to be a law.). Murtha's resolution and the one Duncan Hunter offered were essentially identical and the one offered matches Murtha's public comments much closer than the one Murtha was trying to get considered. Yes,
Now the Democrats and Murtha were and are claiming they did not call for immediate withdrawal but The deployment of United States forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date.Source: Powerline Blog - Friends, Romans, clowns What's the difference?
Remember too the Mainstream Mastodons were reporting Murtha's move as a call for immediate withdrawal and in fact Murtha himself was fond of immediate in press releases and in speeches.
And from CongressmanÂ’s Murtha own website: "I believe before the Iraqi elections, scheduled for mid December, the Iraqi people and the emerging government must be put on notice that the United States will immediately redeploy." Reference: here.
Also, the media sure played up MurthaÂ’s original remarks as calling for an "immediate" withdrawal. Consider this CNN headline: "Representative John Murtha Calls for Immediate Troop Withdrawal." Reference: here. Read the whole article...CNN certainly reported Murtha’s comments as a call for "immediate withdrawal."
So, the Murtha Maneuver was a smashing success. It shows house Republicans to have some glands and it shows the Democrats to be dishonest about what they want. They want a white flag withdrawal but are afraid (rightly so) to express such sentiments plainly they want to hide in lawyerly murk.