It is hard to overstate the arrogance and bellicosity of the congressional Democratic leadership. When they're not playing footsie with our enemies, they're savaging President Bush, gleefully naysaying every aspect of the Iraq war and harming the troops they pretend to protect.
Everywhere you turn, Democrats are working their partisan destruction.
Turn to the Washington Post and read about Sen. Joe Biden contradicting the administration and the military's claims that the "surge" in Iraq is producing dividends. Don't be misled, chides Biden. Don't dare focus on any good news coming out of Iraq that doesn't fit into our anti-Bush, anti-war template. Talk all you want about increased security in Baghdad, but the chaos on the city's periphery more than outweighs any gains we've made. The surge, says Biden, is doomed to fail.
Is it too harsh to infer that Biden and his ilk are rooting for failure in Iraq? If bad news doesn't immediately jump out at them, they redouble their efforts to find it, because bad news is their currency. It is their ticket to political power.
Next, turn to an entry from The Crypt's Blog on Politico.com, which reports that Sen. Harry Reid compared President Bush to the most vilified 20th century American president: Richard M. Nixon. Bush, said the quintessentially pugnacious Reid, is "as isolated" over the Iraq war as Nixon was over Watergate.
Note that this is in keeping with the Dems' template on the Iraq issue. To them, it's not just a policy dispute over the prosecution and conduct of the war, but a scandal. To them, Bush's entire initiation and management of the war is criminal. That's the point Reid is attempting to reinforce with his Nixon reference. Nixon became isolated on Watergate because of his own misconduct. Bush is hunkered down in his White House bunker alone because of his supposed misconduct. Don't miss the intended imagery.
Yet there is no evidence of misconduct by Bush on the war -- no amount of shouting and repetition can change that. And he is not isolated, though at times it seems he is the only one with the requisite courage to make the difficult calls on Iraq. Don't forget that the appeasement party still lacks the votes to outright eliminate funding for the war.
Though Bush isn't isolated, he has been ceaselessly slandered and rebuffed by this militant opposition party. Recently, he invited these obstructionists to the White House to discuss their gamesmanship over the supplemental funding bill to support our troops in Iraq. Trying to be cute, they snubbed him and demanded he come to their turf instead.