October 22, 2007

DARN THOSE VOTERS!:

We're Not in 2006 Anymore (Michael Barone, 10/21/07, Real Clear Politics)

Things are not working out as Democratic congressional leaders expected. For the first eight months of this year, they struggled to find some way to shut down the American military effort in Iraq.

They took it for granted that we were stuck in a quagmire in Iraq, with continuous high casualties and very little to show for them. They pressed hard to get the Republican votes they needed to block a filibuster in the Senate and were cheered when some Republicans, like John Warner, seemed to lean their way. They worked hard over the August recess to pressure Republican House members to break ranks and vote with them.

But the Republicans mostly held fast. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell skillfully parried their thrusts in the Senate. House Minority Leader John Boehner persuaded most House Republicans to hang on. Then, over the summer, the news out of Iraq started to get better. [...]

Democrats are coming face to face with the fact that there's a war on -- and that Americans prefer success to failure. If the choice is between stalemate and withdrawal, as it seemed to be in November 2006, they may favor withdrawal; but if the choice is between victory and withdrawal, they don't want to quit -- or to undermine the effort.


Note the, unfortunately accurate, implication that if they could vote conscience the Democrats would choose failure.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2007 7:31 AM
Comments

"Continuous high casulties."

I'm sorry, there have not been high casulties. I say this as a veteran with a son on active duty. Every military death is a tragedy, and a heroic sacrifice. However, these are not high casulties, they are the ordinary cost of the savage wars of peace.

Let the enemy believe that we will not crush them is they dare us, and then you may see what "high casulties" really means.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 22, 2007 3:35 PM
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