Hillary, looking to bolster her image as a credible mainstream figure on defense and national security matters, couldn't have staged it better herself. But is the Retreat Now! faction of the Democrat Party insurmountable?
Liberal pundits like to gloat about the supposed conservative crack-up, but the cleavages within the Democrat Party are far deeper and more difficult to straddle. Just as Sen. Clinton is fending off the rabid anti-warriors of Code Pink, guess who showed up on the group's website grinning from ear to ear with two bright Code Pink T-shirts in each hand?
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.
The head of the party's coalition of the quivering has declared this week that the war in Iraq is "unwinnable" and called for bringing "80,000 National Guard and Reserve troops home immediately," while nonsensically advocating placement of "a force in the Middle East, not in Iraq but in a friendly neighboring country to fight [terrorist chief Abu Musab al-] Zarqawi" and sending more troops to Afghanistan instead.
Meanwhile, the aimless John Kerry continues his long legacy of public troop-smearing -- taking to CBS News airwaves to accuse American soldiers in Iraq of "terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the -- of -- the historical customs, religious customs."
This kind of deranged defeatism will earn you a Code Pink T-shirt and a hug from Cindy Sheehan. But as Hillary (dangerously for Republicans) seems to understand, it won't win much else. George W. Bush isn't the Dems' biggest enemy, it turns out. It's the living ghost of George McGovern.