Gerry Connelly has been trying to sell his constituents on Obama’s plan for military strikes in Syria. Â Even in liberal Northern Virginia it’s been a tough sell. Â Like his neighbor, Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA10), calls to Connelly’s office are running overwhelmingly against any any involvement in Syria. Â From today’s Washington Post:
â€œItâ€™s been overwhelmingly negative,â€ Connolly sighs after the encounter (with a constituent). He was referring to the reaction in his district â€” a wide swath of center-left-leaning Northern Virginia that happens to include a high proportion ofÂ military veteransÂ and defense contractors.
Connolly and Rep.Â Chris Van HollenÂ (D-Md.) have written a more narrow force resolution than the White House version in a bid to win support from lawmakers still skeptical about the proposed strikes. Of the few hundred people who have contacted his office about Syria, the vast majority have said, â€œDonâ€™t do this.â€
I am hearing that if it continues to look like the House will reject Obama’s plan for Syria, he will withdraw the resolution rather than face defeat. Â Then what? Â Will he go it alone without the support of the Congress and the American people? Â Stay tuned, it’s going to be a bumpy ride, not something Obama is used to.