What to do if Bush vetos the supplemental that includes a withdrawal deadline? I don’t think it’ll be viable for the Democrats to just get into a game of chicken with the White House over this issue at this time. So I’d say congress should pass a “clean” supplemental that Bush’ll feel compelled to sign, but one designed to last a lot less than a full year. Three months, as proposed by Reps. Cardoza and Ross, seems like a good choice to me. That way in three months time, with public opinion even more against Bush and against the war, he needs to come back and ask for more money. Then Democrats pass another supplemental with a withdrawal provision. If Bush vetos again, then give him another three months eventually.
The point is to try to generate as many votes on this as possible. Either at some point we’ll start seeing significant GOP defections (which is the best hope for ending the war while Bush is still president) or else at a minimum GOP incumbents will need to keep casting votes for perpetual war and set themselves up for defeat in 2008.