Obama and Syria: A Democratic Senator’s View

by Ramesh Ponnuru

During our back-and-forth today, Margaret Carlson wrote:

I had dinner with a senator last night who said Obama started his Capitol Hill lunch yesterday by saying “I get how you feel. My own family is opposed to a strike,” as if Obama had the votes he needed — I was told Obama doesn’t have 50 votes in the Senate. Last week, the same senator got a call from Joe Biden ostensibly to twist his arm. The vice president twisted it so gently and gave up so easily when he failed that the senator wondered if Biden, his friend, disagreed with Obama and had put his vice presidency into a blind trust managed by the aforementioned and slap-happy Kerry.