The Georgia Democrat was one of two to break ranks with his party and vote against the nonbinding resolution “Disapproving of the decision of the President announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.”
Seventeen Republicans — none from Georgia — broke ranks with their own party and voted for it. The resolution passed 246-182 (with 6 no-votes).
My thoughts on the debate can be read in more detail at Human Events.
In a nutshell, I think that a non-binding resolution (which is basically a vote of no confidence in a key element of the President’s new strategy) is the worst of all options. If they really want to end the war and bring the troops home, then I think that Congressional Democrats should stand up for that conviction and use their legislative/budgetary power to do so — bindingly. There’s no problem with debate, but, with this course of action, the Democrats (minus Reps. Marshall and Taylor, and plus seventeen Republicans) appear to be attempting to have their cake and eat it too, by attempting to be verbally against the war, while allowing it to go on, so as to lay the blame of the possible eventual defeat solely at the feet of the President.