Carol Platt Liebau: A Rising Tide

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Rising Tide

As this NY Post op/ed points out, there's been a rising tide of support for the war and optimism about its outcome.

It strikes me as more evidence that the Democrats have misconstrued their "mandate." They seem to think they were elected to engineer defeat in the war on terror and the war in Iraq. Rather, they were elected on the tide of frustration with the slow pace of success and on the backs of George Allen's "macaca" implosion and the Mark Foley scandal.

It will be interesting to see how (and if) the Democrats step back from the brink if news in Iraq continues to improve (and there is good news there, as this post from Bill Roggio indicates [HT: Hugh Hewitt]). Dems could end up in a difficult position if the rabid left wing that's gained prominence in their party remains wholeheartedly committed to defeat, even as the mainstream American realizes that victory is possible -- and this difficulty couldn't happen to a nicer group of people.


Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

I've noticed this common theme with you, Carol. If the polls are bad then the President is not being "political" and is being "brave" and not sheepishly following opinion.

But when the polls do occasionally swing back the other direction it's evidence that the Democrats are failing and conservative policies are proven to work.

You can't have it both ways. Be consistent. Be a courageous conservative rather than a compliant one.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

I wouldn't call Murdoch, Kristol, and Hewitt a tide. A better definition is back wash.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Good point, Salient. And, once again, Earth comes up with a genuinely funny remark. Please keep it up, both of you.

We'll soon see how strong public support for victory in Iraq is. Although many reports from many sources show the surge is working, it would be foolish to think the enemy will simply roll over and fade away. No doubt they will attempt to counter the surge with some horrific, media-enthralling, brutal attack(s).

Naturally, the Democrats and the media will hail any such attempt as proof of failure in Iraq. That's a given. The question is how will the military, the administration, and the public handle it?

It's coming. Will the American public see it for what it is? Or, will they be fooled by another Tet-like propoganda storm?

A stable, peaceful, friendly society in Iraq is well worth our efforts. My hope and my prayer is that the American public truly wants victory and is smart enough and patient enough to see the battle(s) through.

10:07 AM  

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