The Republicans are headed for a seismic crash in the congressional election of 2006. Their effort last week to embarrass House Democrats by forcing a contrived vote on a non-binding resolution to end the war in Iraq by immediately withdrawing all American troops didn’t succeed and shouldn’t have occurred. Everyone lost, including the Democrats, most of whom supported the Republican resolution. Most important, our country lost. We look foolish and in disarray in the eyes of the world.
Well, Ed. It's like this. The Democrats are acting foolish.
So, how about we do this? You get the Democrats to stop politicizing the war.
Stop the relentless attacks on what has already been debated and decided. Stop the baseless accusation machine that does nothing to achieve the mutually-agreed goal of, "getting the job done and getting out". Start countering the loud and reckless forces that manufacture false information designed to divide the nation, with some reasoned discourse. Criticize that which deserves criticism, but stop beating a dead horse.
If your party can take the high road first, you can place the ball in the GOP's court and have a valid complaint about them using these kinds of tactics. If the Democrats can re-invent themselves a little and recognize that gaining the trust of the people involves much more than just putting out garbage, you might have a chance to raise up some centrist Democrats (like yourself) that could and would serve the interests, of the American people. Maybe one of them might even get elected President.
But until then, expect this kind of tactic. And expect people like me, to support it.