WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The president's liberal critics are out in full force, turning up the heat, in yet another attempt to knock a few points off George W. Bush's consistently high approval ratings. Led by the eight Democrats who aspire to the job of president, the liberal attack machine, which decries the doctrine of pre-emption and which pleaded for more time for Hans Blix's merry men to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, have launched a pre-emptive attack of their own.
From the campaign trail, where the cheapest of political cheap shots emanate, Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut decries the administration's efforts to rebuild Iraq as "shock and awe giving way to stumble and fumble." Lieberman's expertise in stumble and fumble presumably derives from serving as an apprentice to the failed presidential aspirant Al Gore. When his colleague, Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina used the phrase "confused and chaotic," he more aptly described his own campaign for the White House than the administration's policies in Iraq.
But the campaign-trail carping is nothing compared to the absolutely hateful attack from West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd. From the comfortable confines of the Senate chamber, Byrd followed his assault on Bush's visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln by accusing the president of lying, deception, killing innocents, misusing the military, escalating an international arms race, violating international law and misappropriating government resources.
Byrd, who is growing more bitter and partisan by the day, is clearing following Lesson 101 from the Democrat playbook: "Throw every charge in the book at your political enemy and hope like hell that something sticks." It is the depressing reality of a political party that has fallen into an abyss and has no hope, no vision and no leadership to help them climb out of it.
The Democrats' sideline shenanigans and conspiracy theories will not inspire the public to defeat the terrorist enemy that threatens our homeland. Unfortunately, the depressing diatribes heard in the Democrat primary race is echoing throughout America's college campuses, which are hosting their own version of the political silly season.
Like everything else in higher education, graduation at the nation's top colleges and universities provides the '60s-era faculty and student activists with a final opportunity to indoctrinate a captive audience with the political hallucinations of Hollywood celebrities, wacky politicians, and washed up journalists and activists.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.