'Democrats really won this week'
Long-term, that is.
Mr. Gelpi (a political scientist at Duke) and others who study American public opinion and politics said that the Democrats really won this week because more than ever this is Mr. Bush’s war and Democrats have no ownership of it. By this reasoning, if the Democrats had succeeded in forcing an immediate withdrawal, they would then, in the minds of the American public, be partly responsible for what came after that.
No argument from me on this point. The best plan for Dems has long been to just allow the administration to keep screwing up. It may not be good policy for the country. But it's good politics for Democrats. ... I suppose Dems have to go through the motions of appeasing the far left, but I suspect leaders now realize it's run-out-the-clock
time on Capitol Hill. ... David
catches a good one from Alan Greenspan:
I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.
David adds: 'Well, that ought to cause a few heads to explode.' ... The heads will explode of those who convinced themselves the war had nothing to do with oil. But for those of us who knew it was partly due to oil and still supported this stupid war for WMD reasons, a paper bag over the head suffices. ...Update
-- The heads are starting to explode.
... At least he acknowledges oil. ...