Compare and contrast. The Bull Moose:
Democrats must make a decision. At the moment, the party is incoherent in a decisively weak fashion. Democrats should certainly not be “cheerleaders” for this Administration but Democrats should be doing back-flips for democracy – a novel concept, that.
Is the donkey’s message getting out or getting it right? And let’s understand what the meaning of the term “redeployment”. It is a cute euphemism that means giving up – no one is confused about its meaning. If we leave Iraq, does anyone seriously believe that we will re-invade? Will Zarqawi and his buddies interpret a redeployment as anything but an American retreat? Let’s be honest.
And honesty is the best policy when it comes to Iraq. The President is very belatedly coming to that conclusion, as was somewhat evident in his speech on Wednesday. It is high time that we not only get candor from this Administration – it is also the moment when the Bushies should seriously reach out to Democratic hawks. If we are to be successful in this war, a bi-partisan domestic coalition is imperative. And it would be useful if the President gave Rummy a gold watch and showed him the door.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that Democrats should not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq, calling the war a matter of individual conscience and saying differing positions within the caucus are a source of strength for the party.
Pelosi said Democrats will produce an issue agenda for the 2006 elections but it will not include a position on Iraq. There is consensus within the party that President Bush has mismanaged the war and that a new course is needed, but House Democrats should be free to take individual positions, she sad.
“There is no one Democratic voice . . . and there is no one Democratic position,” Pelosi said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.
Are these mutually exclusive positions. Is one right the other wrong? Both wrong? Which of these two approaches will lead the Democrats to the promised land?