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Wednesday's NYT reports:

Democratic leaders said Tuesday that they intended to hold symbolic votes in the House and Senate on President Bush's plan to send more troops to Baghdad, forcing Republicans to take a stand on the proposal and seeking to isolate the president politically over his handling of the war.

The White House, of course, takes a dim view:

The White House press secretary, Tony Snow, criticized the Democrats' plans. "We understand that the resolution is purely symbolic, but the war - and the necessity of succeeding in Iraq - are very real," he said Tuesday night.

Funny, but I don't recall the White House saying anything similar about the purely symbolic Republican Iraq resolution making sport of Jack Murtha's 2005 end-the-war plea--which, when you think about it, was really not so very long ago. How things have changed.

--Michael Crowley

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