Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-9 to approve a resolution calling President Bush's plans to increase U.S. troops in Iraq "not in the national interest."
Voting on the resolution was basically along party lines — Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) was the lone Republican who supported the resolution. Perhaps Hagel sensed that some of his GOP colleagues also believed that Bush's plan is misguided, but were too gutless to actually vote that way.
In his remarks during the debate, Hagel offered this advice for his politically nervous colleagues:
"Why are you elected? If you wanted a 'safe' job, go sell shoes."