Once again, Democrats are furious with the Republican party for ‘misrepresenting’ them and portraying them as wanting to ‘cut and run.’ How has the GOP done this? By taking direct quotes from the DNC Chairman, the House Minority Leader, and the Democratic candidate for President and standard-bearer just a year ago and putting them over top of a person waving a white flag.
Rather than getting angry at their leaders for their ham-handed approach to Iraq and general lack of political acumen, Democrats are pissed at Republicans for doing what partisans do- use their opposition’s mistakes against them. Hell, even Harry Reid gets it:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is urging Democrats to limit their comments on the future of the Iraq war to areas where there is broad agreement within the party in an effort to quell increasing concerns both within the Democratic Caucus and the minds of the public that the ongoing conflict has caused deep intra-party divisions. The Nevada Democrat’s move came in the wake of recent message miscues by Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.).
And the idea that these words from Nancy Pelosi, Dean, and Kerry wouldn’t come back to bite them is absurd. Just the other day, well before this ad was released, I wrote the following in a post titled “Democrats Fear Backlash“:
Of course they fear a backlash- running around telling the country we should immediately withdraw, that we have no chance of winning, and that we are ‘terrorizing’ innocent Iraqis generally does not engender the public with positive feelings, particularly during wartime.
In other words, I put those three statements together all by my lonesome, and either the GOP HQ is reading my website, or other people are putting together all of the statements by Democrats and not liking what they see. The Bull Moose observes:
The Moose offers some tough love for the donkey.
There is only one force that can save the Republican Party and it is called the Democratic Party. The truth of that axiom has been reinforced over the past three weeks. When the President was plummeting in the polls, the Democrats came to the rescue. Rather than calling for a success strategy in Iraq, the donkey opted for pessimism and defeatism. The Democrats overreached and now the President is rebounding.
Perhaps, Karl Rove will send Leader Pelosi, Chairman Dean and Leader Reid nice Christmas ornaments. They earned them.
And now, some in the party, incredibly including the Senate Minority Leader are making it inhospitable for their former Vice Presidential standard bearer, Joe Lieberman. Here’s some news for them – they are not only telling Joe that the Democratic Party does not have room for his views, they are also communicating to millions of Americans who might support this war or not, but find defeat unacceptable, that they are not welcome in this exclusive political club. There are some progressive hawks in this country, but it is unlikely that they will pull the Democratic lever with the message that it is being sent by the leaders of the party.
So there you have it. Half the Republican leadership is under investigation, the President is down in the polls and fighting an unpopular war, people think the country is headed in the wrong direction, and the Democrats best response is to help Bush.
The crooked party vs. the stupid party. Take your pick.