Congressional Kabuki

| Thu Dec. 17, 2009 1:49 AM EST

McClatchy reports that Obama is on his own when it comes to selling his caucus on expansion of the war in Afghanistan:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that it's up to President Barack Obama to persuade reluctant Democrats to fund his Afghanistan troop buildup — his most important foreign policy initiative — because she has no plans to do so herself.

....That, coupled with lukewarm public support — in the latest Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey, only 51 percent of the respondents said they support the surge — suggests that support for the administration's Afghan policy is brittle, at best.

Needless to say, this is just kabuki.  Republicans will all vote for the expansion, which means that Obama only needs a few dozen Democratic votes, which he'll get easily.  Pelosi knows perfectly well that this is a cost-free protest on her part, and so does Obama.

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