A Rebuke On Guantanamo Bay

Earlier this week, five Senators voted against a credit card reform bill.  Yesterday, six Senators voted against a move to block detainees at Guantanamo Bay from being transferred to the US.

Those votes both shared something - as Senators could feel where the American people are on both credit cards and GTMO detainees.

Those kind of votes don't happen accidentally on something controversial.  And in this case, Democrats really only have the White House to blame.

While President Obama has made clear from the start that he wants the detainee prison at Guantanamo Bay closed down, he has done nothing about what's next - where do the detainees go, and will some end up in the US.

Republicans stepped into that vacuum at the perfect time and nailed the White House to the wall on it over the past few weeks.

The vote was 90-6 in the Senate for blocking the transfer of detainees to the U.S.

We even had Democrats get on the floor, denounce the effort, advocate the closure of Guantanamo, and then vote to stop any detainees from coming to the US.

(Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California if you're wondering.)

The White House tried to downplay the vote, but being on the losing end of a 90-6 outcome doesn't exactly scream 'in control.'

"The President signed an order early in his Presidency to close (Guantanamo) and he intends to keep that promise," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

A few hours earlier, the FBI Director had told Congress that he isn't down with detainees being held in the US, comparing the threat to regular inmates who sometimes run criminal enterprises from inside the prison walls.

Maybe it's one of those issues where the White House will keep plunging ahead until the Congress simply orders the administration to stop.

Yesterday was a rebuke on Guantanamo Bay.  The next time, it might be a major defeat.

Stay tuned.