Practiced Non-Reality

It doesn’t get more out of touch than this:

Democratic Leaders to Finalize Iraq Plan – washingtonpost.com

The House Democrats’ plan brought a sharp response from Brian Kennedy, spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

“If this is the Democrats’ last ditch effort to appease the ultraliberal wing of their party while appearing to support the troops at the same time, I don’t think they are going to convince either one of any commitment whatsoever,” Kennedy said. “This appears to be political posturing at its worst and yet another attempt to undermine the mission of our troops in harm’s way. The American people are going to see right through it.”

Way to go, dude.  Refer to 70% of the population as “Ultraliberal.”  This proposal is about as watered-down as it gets, and simply asks that the president report his actions without explicitly setting any rules by which the Congress can intervene.  It’s politically embarrasing for the president (assuming he doesn’t use a “signing statement” to neuter it, which he will), but that’s it.

In fact, while I think it’s an OK increment towards a withdrawl, the real question is not whether this appeals to the “ultraliberal,” but whether this is going to impress the middle of our political spectrum.  Will “The Middle” give as much leeway to the Democrats getting us out of the war as they did to the Republicans who got us into it?

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