The vote was 49-47 in favor of debating the issue, but the 49 votes were not enough because 60 votes would have been required to enable the debate to proceed.
If 60 “yes” votes had materialized today, the Senate would have opened debate on a resolution sponsored by Senators John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, and Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan, that opposes the president’s plan to add about 21,500 troops to the American force in Iraq.Chuck Hagel voted with the Democrats.
Joe Lieberman voted with the Republicans,
asserting that a debate on the Warner-Levin resolution would hurt the morale of American troops and embolden their enemies.Just off the top of my head ...
“What will it say to our soldiers?” [Lieberman] asked.
Lieberman's questions are too easy. But he has a point.
After all, if all these things are false, why should the Senate tell our troops they're true?