July 31, 2007


Clyburn: Positive Report by Petraeus Could Split House Democrats on War (Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza, 7/30/07, Washington Post)

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party's efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.

Clyburn, in an interview with the washingtonpost.com video program PostTalk, said Democrats might be wise to wait for the Petraeus report, scheduled to be delivered in September, before charting next steps in their year-long struggle with President Bush over the direction of U.S. strategy.

Clyburn noted that Petraeus carries significant weight among the 47 members of the Blue Dog caucus in the House, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats. Without their support, he said, Democratic leaders would find it virtually impossible to pass legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal.

"I think there would be enough support in that group to want to stay the course and if the Republicans were to stay united as they have been, then it would be a problem for us," Clyburn said.

If it weren't so sad it would be funnier that the primary consideration of the Democrats as regards the situation in Iraq is the internal atmospherics of their own caucus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 31, 2007 12:53 PM

What's truly sad is that the Dems consider it necessary for their country to suffer military defeat in order to advance the fortunes of their party. If I didn't know better, I'd question their patriotism.

Posted by: Mike Morley at July 31, 2007 2:16 PM

But you do know better!

Posted by: obc at July 31, 2007 4:10 PM

Well, I don't know better.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 31, 2007 8:53 PM

If even Keith Ellison (my loca U.S. Congression representative) is toning down the withdrawal rhetoric, you know something's up:

StarTribune article

Posted by: ted welter at August 1, 2007 8:45 AM