I have been writing for a long time about how Democrat Senators are stuck in the unenviable situation of having to appease the far-left component of their base (which includes the 8-10% of the US population that are an active fifth-column), while not straying too far from the 70% of the US population that is pro-US, in order to have any chance of getting 50% of the vote in an election. Thus, each Democrat has to appease two different constituents with diametrically opposed goals. This leads to nearly unavoidable yet massive contradictions between the words and actions of prominent Democrats.
Previous articles on this topic include :
Senate Renews Patriot Act 89-11 (written March 2, 2006). That is a pretty strong majority even of Democrats, particularly after they had 4 years to hear criticisms of the Patriot Act. All the leftist fuss over the Patriot Act is meaningless if they can't even convince more than 11 Democrats to vote against it.
Senate Votes 93-6 to Keep Troops in Iraq (written June 17, 2006). All the fuss about ending the war is meaningless blather, if only 6 Democrats actually vote along those lines, while 37 did not.
Now, another major example of the same divergence between words and action has occurred.
The Senate has just voted 80-14 to fund the Iraq War, without any definite timeline for withdrawal. Only 14 out of 49 Democrats voted against continued funding, despite the last 6 months of wasted airtime devoted to such propaganda. This is even a greater margin than the 77-23 margin in 2002 to invade Iraq in the first place. Interestingly, Hillary Clinton was among those who voted for the war in 2002, but is among the 14 voting against funding it now. This will be very damaging in her quest to win the votes of moderates.
Actions speak louder than words, and most Democrats continue to vote in favor of two items that fifth-columnists hate - the Patriot Act and the Iraq War. Ignore the talking heads and left-wing media, and just look at the votes. That is the only barometer of where their true opinions reside.