...Harry Reid Struggles for Relevancy
Professional poll-watcher and persistent president-
slanderer Harry Reid, who also moonlights as Senate
majority leader, is proving himself to be a menace and a
Reid joined House speaker and fellow president-
slanderer Nancy Pelosi in sending a letter to
President Bush berating him for not listening to
the will of the American people on Iraq. If Reid were
truly interested in deferring to the will of the American
people, he would tender his resignation today—not to
mention get off the amnesty bandwagon.
Luckily for Reid, we have a republic, not a pure democracy with ongoing votes of
confidence, so his job will be secure until the next election, despite his well-earned 19
percent approval rating and 45 percent disapproval rating, according to Rasmussen
Unlike the unambiguous polling data demonstrating his
woeful unpopularity with Americans, Reid's basis for
determining the will of the American people on Iraq is, at
best, dubious. Reid (with Pelosi) wrote, "Last November,
the American people overwhelmingly made clear their
desire to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. Yet,
at the start of this year, you announced a substantial
escalation of our military presence in Iraq."
There are about as many opinions as to why
Republicans lost majority control as there are political
commentators, some believing the unpopularity of the
war was the primary factor, and others believing it was
Republican abandonment of conservative principles.
Others believe the elections turned more on state than
But one thing is clear. Voters couldn't possibly have been affirming Democratic
policy on Iraq, because there was no discernible Democratic policy on Iraq,
other than to undercut all aspects of the Bush policy and offer no alternatives.
Of course, almost all voters wanted and still want to "bring the war in Iraq to a responsible
end." But only the administration offered a plan based on that goal. Bush has always
wanted to bring the war to a responsible end, in the sense of ending American
involvement as soon as Iraqi security forces are capable of stabilizing and defending the
Though Democrats have advocated cutting
and running from Iraq—and thereby ending
American involvement there—one would be
hard-pressed to call such a proposal a likely
route to a "responsible" ending for the war.
How would it be responsible to precipitately
withdraw from Iraq when the likely
consequences would be mayhem, anarchy,
a bona fide civil war, the emboldening of our
terrorist enemies, a new launching pad for
international terrorism backed by Iraqi oil
funds and a virtual guaranty that our fallen soldiers in Iraq will have died in vain?
To this day, Reid's Democrats have never explained how a near-immediate,
telegraphed withdrawal would have the remotest chance of serving America's
national interests and security. They've never explained how any of their
misguided policies would do so.
Maybe that's one reason why, despite the manifest unpopularity of the war, Harry Reid
and his cohorts enjoy lower approval ratings than the president.
Though the public is understandably unsatisfied with the mostly media-driven perception
that we have made no progress and done nothing constructive in Iraq, it has to know that
Reid and company offer no sane alternatives and plenty of irrational and destructive
ones. It's as if Reid is on a mission to reach new depths in his approval ratings. One sure-
fire way he can succeed is to continue cheerleading for our enemy.
Just this week, Reid called outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen.
Peter Pace "incompetent," though he recently voted to confirm him. And in their letter to
President Bush, Reid and Pelosi declared our ongoing troop surge in Iraq a failure.
Though U.S. commander in Iraq David "As many had foreseen, the escalation has failed to produce the intended results," wrote
Petraeus and President Bush have
repeatedly said the surge would take time to
yield results, Reid and Pelosi insist on
wearing their partisan hats in lieu of their
American ones as they refuse to give the
surge time, and our commanders and
soldiers the benefit of the doubt—and their
Reid and Pelosi.
Now that's debatable, not to mention an irresponsibly premature assessment. But "as
many had foreseen," Reid and Pelosi continue to undermine the United States
of America and make Osama bin Laden proud.
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