Schultz on Obama Persuading Congress to Attack Syria: It Goes Against the Will of the American People
Schultz: Congress Has To Decide If They Want To Vote with Obama or Against Their Constituents (RealClearPolitics)
ED SCHULTZ: The president is making the case to Congress and the American people for a strike, but no one, including me, is buying it. And I don't think the American people are buying it. The most recent poll shows 59% of aware Americans are opposed to a strike while only 36% are in favor of a strike. Is that a number that the president can overcome? Maybe. The mood is similar in Congress with 199 members opposing or likely opposing a strike, but you have to say that the momentum is with the no votes right now.
You know, Congress is siding with the American people, and now the president is asking members of Congress to vote against the will of the people? That's what it's going to come down to if these poll numbers state same. The president is asking congress to take a leap of faith, it's a 'trust me' moment. 'I've been elected, I've been re-elected. I got bin Laden. I didn't put troops on the ground in Egypt or in Libya, there were regime changes there. Freedom is on the march. We're not attacking anybody. We've wound down in Afghanistan and we're out of Iraq and we're not spending billions on war anymore.'
The guy can make the case to the members of Congress and if you trust me on this, we're going to be okay. This is the right thing to do. This is what the phone calls are going to sound like this weekend. Members of Congress are going to have to decide if they want to go with the president or if they want to go with their constituents. And make no mistake, now, the president is not in uncharted territory here. This isn't something that has never happened before. Make no mistake, going against the people, if you're a member of Congress, that body that you're elected to, yes, you have gone against the people a number of times on a number of votes.