Carol Platt Liebau: Good Luck with That One

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Good Luck with That One

Elinor Clift's prescription for a Democratic victory this November is as follows:

Democrats can’t change the channel [on the renewed war on terrorism]. They’ve got to win on the ground that Bush has established. That means thinking like Karl Rove and going after the opposition’s strength until it becomes a vulnerability. Iraq is a quagmire. Whether U.S. troops withdraw next year or in 10 years, they will leave behind a country fractured by civil war and an oil-rich theocratic government dominated by Iran—hardly the democratic beacon to transform the region.

That's a straegy -- she thinks they're going to win with that? Because whatever the Democrats' problem with voters understanding they're weak and irresolute when it comes to battling terror -- their other problem is that the American people understand that they're also defeatists. They've been rooting for the Iraq war to go poorly almost since it began. People who root against their own country, welcome bad news for it with glee, and are eager to see it humiliated and defeated aren't likely to be people in whom normal Americans (who are not quitters) will put a lot of faith.

11 Comments:

Blogger Diane Tomlinson said...

You know Carol if the members of Congress, and the Department of Defense put as much energy into planning the exit strategy after "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq, as you put into vilifying the opposition all the troops WOULD be home right now. The problem with arrogance is that it is blind and I can only hope for the poor suffering US troops being led by Chickenhawks in the White House that these blind squirrels are luckier than they are prideful. As much and you and the conservative crowd seem to think this is some tit for tat game like Clinton's impeachment democrats as a gathering storm of future majority are not kidding. They are coming for the President for abuse of power and for the Vice President on his energy meetings and for Rumsfeld for lack of confidence in his ability to head the DoD. These things are far more serious that Clinton's sex scandal which did not cost hundreds of billions, nearly three thousand US lives and tens of thousands of lives of Iraqi citizens in a land the US invaded for at best groundless reasons and at worst to follow William Kristol's failed "regime change" energy grab strategy.
Healthy opposition and dissent are the rights and necessities of a robust democracy. Dissent is the height of patriotism!
D.T.

3:16 PM  
Blogger ELC said...

Healthy opposition and dissent are the rights and necessities of a robust democracy.

If that is so, and it probably is, then it's no wonder we're in such a mess: the Democrats don't and can't provide "healthy" opposition: the lunatic fringe is gaining more and more influence over the party apparatus because America is becoming more and more aware that the Democrats' socialist policies just plain don't work and often produce more of the problems that they are supposed to fix.

Dissent is the height of patriotism! I suppose that makes for a nice bumper sticker in Berkeley. But it really doesn't make much sense. And I rather suspect that those trumpeting such an intellectually vacuous sentiment now would chuck it immediately when they got their party back in power.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

" Democrats don't and can't provide "healthy" opposition: the lunatic fringe is gaining more and more influence over the party apparatus because America is becoming more and more aware that the Democrats' socialist policies just plain don't work and often produce more of the problems that they are supposed to fix."

Talk about being, "bogged down," the lunatic fringe hangs like a millstone around the democrats neck!
It will sink 'em yet!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Roy Lofquist said...

Children, children,

We will have the answers to a lot of questions in November. You can't but get egg on your face by making wild assertions at this point. Rep's pick up one in the Senate and three in the House.

Regards,
Roy

8:57 PM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

Hey. I like Roy

7:49 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

I've asked before but can't seem to find it. So since Diane brought it up again, perhaps she has an answer: What were the exit strategies in WWI or II, Korea, Viet Nam, Spanish/American, or any other war we've fought thus far?

Secondly, the Dems have yet to prove "abuse of power", any problems with Cheney, and that anyone they've got can do a better job than Rummie. This is the work that is cut out for them. Good luck with that.

1:33 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Aside from Viet Nam, the exit strategy has been simple: "Defeat the enemy."

The anti-war crowd's motto is as it has been since Viet Nam: "We've got a war to lose! Who's with us?"

Hopefully they'll be soundly stomped again in November.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Marshall Art, Diane dosen't
answer questions very well.
(she's a leftie)

12:41 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Cliff,

You don't give Diane any need to respond. Name calling is for KidS.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I have asked Diane several questions, on many of Carol's articles and she didn't respond directly to many of them, she is a Leftie and prouldy so, and I'm sure she dosen't see that term as an insult.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Furthermore, I am a "Rightie" and proudly so!

2:53 PM  

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