June 5, 2006


Democrats begin to split over war, Bush (Steven Thomma, 6/05/06, Knight Ridder Newspapers)

Anti-war and anti-Bush fervor is growing among rank-and-file Democrats, threatening to pull the party to the left and creating a rift between increasingly belligerent activists and the party's leaders in Washington.

Many outside-the-beltway Democrats want the party to turn against the war in Iraq and to investigate, censure or even impeach President Bush should the party win control of Congress this fall.

Yet party leaders such as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York support the war while criticizing the way Bush handled it, and have shied away from talk of using power to go after him.

The fault line is evident as Democrats gather for spring and summer sessions filled with demands for bolder action by the congressional wing of their party, especially if they win control of the House or Senate in November.

Leave it to the Democrats to discredit themselves militarily at a time when Americans favor an attack on Iran.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 5, 2006 7:43 AM

Why do you assume this story is any more accurate than the stories describing the disarray among Republicans?

Posted by: erp at June 5, 2006 11:33 AM

Mrs. Erp, you have commented on press bias before.
The press will minimize Democrat problems, and maximize Republican problems. If they're writing this story, it's safe to say they're melting down.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at June 5, 2006 1:08 PM

I'm most amused by all the stories that write things line "if they win control of the House or Senate in November" when discussing Dem hopes & dreams. In what bizarro world are there 6 Republican seats that can switch to the other column?

Posted by: b at June 5, 2006 1:47 PM

Rbt. What I'm saying above is that media reports should be suspect whether we like what they say or not.

Posted by: erp at June 5, 2006 4:01 PM

Thank you Mrs. Erp. I agree. I'm talking about how the reports are suspect. The vectors go: better
for the Democrats, worse for the Republicans. If they are talking about a molehill the Democrats have
tripped over, it's probably a mountain.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at June 5, 2006 5:53 PM


Posted by: erp at June 6, 2006 5:12 PM