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Monday, July 30, 2007

Good News for Iraq Will be Bad News for Democrats

[Major Update below]

We said this, multiple times, even earlier today, Democrats are too invested in failure to be able to survive success in Iraq, and now Wapo basically reports the same thing.
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 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.

Ya think????? Is Wapo just discovering this?

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. "We, by and large, would be wise to wait on the report."

I also remember pointing out in the past that those Blue Dogs were gonna be trouble for Pelosi, Reid and crew.

If we continue to see the success on the ground in Iraq that we have been seeing the past couple of months, then not only will there be no time lines set, but the Democrats that have made it a point to publicly state that we have lost Iraq, will never, NEVER, live it down.

Their supporters will always try to spin it, but thanks to the internet, words like Reid's "Iraq is lost" is forever documented.

Power Line states it this way:

As significant as what Clyburn said is the way he said it. According to Clyburn, a strongly positive report by Petraeus would be "a real big problem for us." Clyburn's candor may be commendable, but it's unfortunate that the Dems regard strongly positive news from Iraq as a problem.

It is unfortunate but they backed themselves into that corner and deserve what they get.

(They also seriously regret ever uttering the words "Listen to the Generals", to Bush.)

[Update] Additional thoughts: Isn't it sad that we have a whole group, a political party that is actively wishing for our failure in the war on terror? What is wrong with this picture? How can someone even consider supporting a party that bases its whole philosophy on defeat and failure and panics at the sight of any success and progress our military is achieving?

How do these people even look at themselves in the mirror?


[Update] 7/31/07- Keith Ellison and Jerry McNerney, two democratic lawmakers, just returned from Iraq with Good News about progress there. Meaning: More bad news for the Dems.

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