Calling the current version a "blank check," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) listed a few ways to narrow the [administration's] draft resolution, such as including a ban on use of ground troops and an expiration date in the legislative language.Maybe -- maybe -- the president could win this vote if persuades Republicans that a more limited version of the resolution is absolutely unacceptable, and he simply won't allow himself to be constrained ... in a way that, in fact, is perfectly acceptable to him. Maybe if he makes Republicans think they can humiliate him by voting for a narrower resolution, he'll get a resolution he can actually live with. I don't think they'd fall for this, but apart from that, I can't imagine what they would vote for.
"We want to make sure that any authorization is structured, is framed, so that it is very clear we are talking about a targeted, discreet response to the use of chemical weapons," added Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.).
Or, of course, there's a much simpler way for the president to get this resolution passed: just a provision defunding Obamacare. Simple!
UPDATE, TUESDAY: What was I saying immediately above?
Mr. President, you consider defunding Obamacare, I'll consider voting for your cruise missiles to Syria.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 3, 2013