"We don't have the votes."
This is the statement the Democrats have said for why they won't introduce legislation that they know they can pass in the House and Senate - but not override a certain presidential veto. For example, the SCHIP bill for children's health insurance. They know they can send it to the President, but he'll veto it ... and they won't be able to override him.
Now...here's the thing -- what's wrong with that?
Wouldn't it be a bigger story, and avoid the "do-nothing Congress" label they now have if they kept sending bills to President Bush and he kept vetoing them, repeatedly?
Why won't they force this? If they think the Republicans wouldn't do this exact thing over and over and over again, then they're insane.