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The Senate votes overwhelmingly to condemn "personal attacks" on Gen. David Petraeus.

By Tim Grieve
Published September 20, 2007 9:48PM (UTC)
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72: Members of the U.S. Senate -- the same body that couldn't manage a vote Wednesday on habeas corpus rights for detainees or time off for troops -- who voted today in favor of a resolution condemning "personal attacks on the honor and integrity of Gen. Petraeus and all members of the United States Armed Forces."

The Senate resolution didn't name MoveOn or its "General Betray Us" ad, but the group and those aligned with it were plainly the target.

Who gets the credit for this important legislative accomplishment? Democrats Max Baucus, Evan Bayh, Ben Cardin, Thomas Carper, Bob Casey Jr., Kent Conrad, Byron Dorgan, Dianne Feinstein, Tim Johnson, Amy Klobuchar, Herb Kohl, Mary Landrieu, Patrick Leahy, Blanche Lincoln, Claire McCaskill, Barbara Mikulski, Ben Nelson, Bill Nelson, Mark Pryor, Ken Salazar, John Tester and Jim Webb and independent Joe Lieberman joined every Senate Republican in voting for the measure.

Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd voted no. Joe Biden and Barack Obama didn't vote.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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