House Dems Fail on Timetable, Still Looking for Scrotum

Goddamn this.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi will present a plan to House Democrats for a war funding bill that won’t include a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq but will feature benchmarks with consequences, according to Democratic leadership aides… Leadership aides said the benchmarks would be tied to Iraq reconstruction aid and would require President Bush to present to Congress 18 reports before August. They said Democrats won’t give up on a deadline for pulling troops out of Iraq, hoping to write language into defense appropriations and defense authorization bills over the summer.

Benchmarks with consequences sounds like the part where someone says ‘I’m responsible!’ and they get to keep their jobs or ‘I’m accountable!’ and nothing happens.