Rich Galen

To be fair, the pair writes that the "situation in Iraq remains grave" especially on the political front. But the title of the piece is: "A War We Just Might Win."

What about the Democrats in Congress? Cheers? Shouts of joy? Hats thrown in the air? Claps on the back of Republican colleagues?

Yeah. Right.

The ran an interview conducted by Washington Post über-reporter Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza of with Democratic Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina who also happens to be the House Majority Whip.

Balz asks Clyburn:

"What do Democrats do if General Petraeus comes in in September, and says, 'This is working very, very well at this point. We would be foolish to back away from it'?"

Clyburn responds - send this to everyone you know -

"Well, that would be a real big problem for us, no question about that."

No, Jim. No. That would not be a "real big problem." That would be what most non-medicated people would refer to as "good news."

Note - and I am not overstating this for political purposes - the Number Three Guy in the Democratic Caucus is, in effect, rooting for failure in Iraq for purely political purposes.

Two stories you may have missed. Because they are two stories which are "real big problems" for the Democrats.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at