Nancy Pelosi after Dubya's Same Shit Different Day Speech:
"I'm endorsing what Mr. Murtha is saying, which is that the status quo is not working and that we need to have a plan that makes us safer and our military stronger and makes Iraq more stable," she said. "I believe that what he has said has great wisdom."Contrary to what the Repos would have you believe, Murtha's call is for a draw-down/redeployment of troops and not a unilateral withdrawl. And with the House Minority Leader now on-board, Democrats appear to be realizing that playing the middle against both ends isn't such a winning strategy. Please, someone, tell it to Hillary, who evidently fancies herself a Chess Mistress, zealously guarding the middle of the board:
"Based on the information that we have today, Congress never would have been asked to give the president authority to use force against Iraq," she said. Clinton stopped short of saying her vote was a mistake, the political path chosen by two other potential Democratic candidates former vice presidential candidate John Edwards and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.Well'a hold on theah, Choppah!! Biden has not admitted making a "mistake" in his vote:
"The only regret I had voting for the war is that I never anticipated how incompetent the administration would be in using the authority we gave them to avoid war.And this is where I get off. Democrats DID know that Dubya is, and always has been, dumber than a sack of hair. They knew Rumsfeld was an arrogant prick who undercut his military's assessment in that any occupation of Iraq would require at least double, and probably triple, the number of troops he deemed adequate. They knew Saadam had been contained since Desert Storm, how he despised Osama and his kind, and wanted no part of what the U.S. did to Afghanistan after 9/11. And they knew Dubya had every intent of invading Iraq regardless of UN inspections, which, incidentally, were proving to be more comprehensive as they'd ever been, precisely because American troops were once again at his doorstep, once again proving they didn't have to go in.
They didn't care!! - the enabling Dems. They did, however, lack the spine to say, "Hey! We're on board for getting after Osama. But Iraq? Are you, like, stupid?? No fucking way!"
But it's mighty convenient now to hang their hats on Dubya's mendacity, even if they have to lie about having been duped. Well fine! Any ol' port in a storm. And certainly Dubya deserves more than getting taken off at the knees.
And yet... Annoying as this dead armadillo strategy is, I think Hillary may at last be taking some iron supplements:
I take responsibility for my vote, and I, along with a majority of Americans, expect the President and his Administration to take responsibility for the false assurances, faulty evidence and mismanagement of the war.Refreshing, that: "I take responsibility." D'be good if the Democratic Party might build a campaign on precisely those words.
And, uhm, maybe sometime in the near future?