With approval of the Democratic Congress falling below that of President Bush, Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to think the solution is to appeal to her party’s base, “working hard to make sure that the fiery liberal wing of the Democratic Party remembers that she is one of them. She is also going out of her way to reassure opponents of the war that she is on their side.”
Despite increasing signs of initial success of the surge, the Speaker has joined her party’s leader in the Senate, Nevada’s Harry Reid in reaching the conclusion that the president’s new policy has failed.” (Via Instapundit.) It seems they have based this conclusion not on reports from Iraq — or the opinions of military experts, but on the anger of their party’s base.
“Democrats have decided not to wait” for General Petraeus’s September report on the state of the surge and instead intend to press ahead with votes to end the war. They’re not even giving the surge a chance to succeed. And they accuse conservatives of being narrow-minded. They’re the ones who’ve determined the outcome of an operation which has only just begun.
And anyway, didn’t we just go through this a few weeks ago?
This is amazing. Instead of doing their job and working on legislation which can actually win approval by both Houses — and be signed into law by the president, they are working to embarrass the president and please their increasingly angry base. I doubt that’ll improve their sagging ratings.
With the immigration bill defeated, let us hope that my party can return to its principles, promote reasonable conservative policies and so rally the base because the first six months of a Democratic majority have shown a party more eager to posture, pontificate and investigate than legislate. And I don’t think the American people want a government which kowtows to the extreme elements which have come to dominate the Democratic Party of Pelosi and Reid.