May 31, 2007
-- by Dave Johnson
Remember last week, when the Democrats caved in to Bush's demand that they continue funding the war without imposing milestones or timelines, so they wouldn't be criticized for "abandoning the troops" or "surrendering?"
I call this the "afraid Rush Limbaugh will say something bad about them syndrome." Because he is going to, anyway, no matter what they do, so they should do the right thing.
Well, they didn't do the right thing and Gosh!, guess what - The Republicans are criticizing them anyway.
Sen. Jim DeMint on Tuesday blamed Democratic “wimps” in Congress for American casualties in Iraq, and cited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for special censure.
... “Al-Qaida knows that we’ve got a lot of wimps in Congress,” DeMint said. “I believe a lot of the casualties can be laid at the feet of all the talk in Congress about how we’ve got to get out, we’ve got to cut and run.”
Asked later who he had targeted in his comments, DeMint replied:
“To a large degree, the Democratic party and those who basically declared defeat like Harry Reid.”
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This is one of those features (benefits) of political blogs. They publish glaringly obvious points that no person in power and no person in the corporate press/media will utter or acknowledge.
This syndrome has been operating on Democrats for years, going back to the Reagan days.
This is why I am so pessimistic and gloomy about Democratic prospects for 2008. Although they have the majority of the country with them on nearly every issue, they still refuse to move forward, to lead, to take command of the debate.
I have no explanation to offer. I do not understand why anyone would embrace a strategy that is a proven loser.
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