Democratic senators split on Iraq
August 22, 2005
Here's something that makes me want to reach out and kill someone -- preferably a Democratic senator:
Amid rising casualties and falling public support for the war, Democrats of all stripes have grown more vocal this summer in criticizing Bush's handling of the war. A growing chorus of Democrats, however, has said this criticism should be harnessed to a consistent message and alternative policy -- something most Democratic lawmakers have refused to offer.
The wariness, congressional aides and outside strategists said in interviews last week, reflects a belief among some in the opposition that proposals to force troop drawdowns or otherwise limit Bush's options would be perceived by many voters as defeatist. Some operatives fear such moves would exacerbate the party's traditional vulnerability on national security issues. [LINK]So that's the strategy: Just attack Bush without offering a real alternative. Why does that sound familiar? Something to do with John Kerry, perhaps. The lesson these Dems have learned from 2004: don't mess with really bad thing. Gee, I can't wait for 2006.