Hugh Hewitt writes:
Many Democrats were emotionally undone by the exercise of having to confront their own rhetoric, and the anti-war left must be stunned this morning: Only three votes? All that work? All those marches? All those posts at the fever swamp bulletin board? For three votes?
The Dems have more excuses than a teenager: It wasn’t the real Murtha resolution; it’s a terrible political trick; I will not participate in the assault on Congressman Murtha etc, etc, etc.
But the talk around the turkey this week should review that the elections in 2002, 2004 and the vote on Friday night in the House underscore the country is committed to victory in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and everywhere else the GWOT is being waged. That talk should also dwell on the profound hypocrisy of the left and its Congressional representatives, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” They only believe what they believe when the country as a whole isn’t watching. Supermen on the web, when Congress assmebled they went into their phonebooths/cloakrooms and came out as Clark Kent.
The Democratic Party policy has been to try to undermine the President by whatever means. Criticizing the war, challenging the President’s veracity, disputing that the President had the same intelligence as everyone else. It is time, at last, when the Republicans found their backbone and have challenged the lies forthcoming from Democrats.
President Bush’s speech on November 11th finally addressed those who choose to rewrite history. Vice-President Cheney came out this week and addressed those who are attempting to discredit the Administration for political purposes. Finally, after Congressman Murtha (D-PA) stated on the House floor that we ought to bring the troops home immediately, with great support from House Democrats, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) decided to put a resolution on the floor to do just that. With all the bluster of the Democrats about bringing troops home now, only 3 voted for the resolution. Why? Because they know that bringing the troops home now is not what the majority of Americans want. Because they know that whoever went on record voting to bring the troops home now would have difficulty being re-elected next year.
One other thing became evident during this process. Republicans found their backbone. As Hugh Hewitt says in the same post
If the GOP stays the course of clarity, and keeps its purposes front and center, the elections of 2006 will be another milestone in the Democrats road to Whigdom.