Thursday, June 30, 2005
''Democrats struggle to find one voice on Iraq''
"WASHINGTON -- House and Senate Democrats, sensing an opportunity in President Bush's sagging poll numbers and an increasingly unpopular war, have held a series of long, closed-door meetings over the past several weeks to find a common position and a sharpened political message on the Iraq War. Some participants in the meetings said Bush's failure to articulate an exit strategy in his speech on Tuesday night only underscored the need for Democrats to devise their position. But they also acknowledged that within the party, there are fundamentally different views on the war. ''The case for an exit strategy is only growing stronger every day," said Representative Martin T. Meehan of Lowell, a member of the House Armed Services Committee who is pushing his fellow Democrats to commit to a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. ''Congress seems less than willing to do it, unfortunately, and there's a great need for it."-from the story in today's Boston Globe.