Carol Platt Liebau: "Moving On" From the Iraq Debate

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"Moving On" From the Iraq Debate

As Rush Limbaugh predicted, Democrats are backing off using Iraq as a political issue. Rush notes that even the Dem frontrunners have conceded that they may not bring troops home before 2013.

But there's even more to it than that. As I mentioned in my weekly debate on Al Rantel's show on KABC, Democrats have been caught in a vise of their own making. On the one hand, their inability and/or failure to bring the troops home (or eliminate funding for them) has alienated the anti-war fringies on the left. On the other, the successes of the surge make it more difficult for them to win over centrists with their defeatist chatter -- and even raises the possibility that normal Americans will come to resent Dem efforts to force a failure in Iraq should it become increasingly clear that such a failure is far from inevitable.

So it makes sense that the Dems are moving on (no pun intended) from Iraq. It isn't working for them as a political issue anymore -- and that's all it's ever been for most of them since the beginning.


Blogger Joe Steel said...

So when Nancy Pelosi is praying for the troops she ought to pray for a backbone, too, and maybe throw-in a prayer for America. If the 70% of the American people who want the U. S. out of Iraq can't stop the war, then our government is out of control and we're in trouble.

4:46 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Every Republican running for any office in the country needs to remind their constituents of the Democrats' record regarding Iraq. It needs to be pounded every day. The Democrats have opposed American victory in Iraq from the beginning and have even tried to help facilitate defeat.

Any Republican that does not hammer his or her opponent on this issue over and over during their campaign is a complete idiot.

5:24 AM  
Blogger wf said...

I beleive that the left does not really care about Iraq either way. Domestic issues is where their heart is. If it serves them to make "tough" gestures on Iraq or another foreign issue they┬┤ll do it or at least talk about it - anything, as long as it serves the domestic agenda to change society.

4:59 AM  

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