WaPo 'frames' Pelosi

It's funny how the MSM frames any sign of courage within the Democratic party as bad news. Here's Jonathan Weisman doing his bit for the war lobby in the Post in the very first line of his article:


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's embrace Wednesday of a rapid withdrawal from Iraq highlighted the Democratic Party's fissures on war policy, putting the House's top Democrat at odds with her second in command while upsetting a consensus developing in the Senate.
And what is this so-called "consensus" jeopardized by Pelosi?
It threw a wrench into a carefully calibrated Democratic theme emerging in the Senate that called for 2006 to be a "significant year of progress" in Iraq, with Iraqi security forces making measurable progress toward relieving U.S. troops of combat duties. Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said last month that "it's time to take the training wheels off the Iraqi government." ...
Marshall Wittmann, a former Republican political strategist now with the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, said Pelosi may have resurrected her party's most deadly liability -- voters' lack of trust in the party on national security.
"If Karl Rove was writing the timing of this, he wouldn't have written it any differently, with the president of the United States expressing resolve and the Democratic leader offering surrender," Wittmann said, referring to Bush's top adviser. "For Republicans, this is manna from heaven."
Right, the DLC, an organization that has established such stellar record in winning elections in recent years.

Weisman finally does get around to acknowledging the more important "consensus" among the American people that this war is a terrible mistake that needs to fixed as soon as possible -- though he takes care to emphasize the confusion about just how to achieve it.

Yes, voters are unsure about how to end this war, but it's a huge stretch to interpret that confusion as support for "staying the course." The lack of clarity speaks more to the absence of leadership among Democrats who -- in Weisman's own words -- "have been largely content to keep their own war strategies vague or under wraps." And that's because the Democrats have far too long listened to the likes of Wittman, who are too busy obsessing about Karl Rove to pay attention to the American people. [WaPo via Daily Kos]

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