Friday, August 11, 2006

Partisan? Who's partisan?

Rudy Giuliani, a Republican, tells Republican contributors that Republican ideas for fighting the war on terror are a good thing -- how dare he!
Democrats assailed the Republicans Friday for e-mailing a fundraising appeal mentioning the war on terror hours after British authorities disclosed they had disrupted a plot to blow up aircraft headed to the United States.
"In the middle of a war on terror, we need to remain focused on furthering Republican ideas more than ever before," former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said in a letter that asked for donations to the Republican National Committee.
This Associated Press story leads with the reaction: Before they tell you that Republicans have sent out an e-mail, they tell you that Democrats are angry.

Angry Democrats are news to the AP. The fact that Democrats have politicized the War on Terror by their constant partisan carping and attacking the president? Not news.

The Democrats' "Surrender Now" lobby can say or do anything, and criticism of them is impermissible: You're questioning our patriotism! You're suppressing dissent! Where's my ACLU lawyer?

A typical formulation by E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post:
Support for the Iraq war hits a record low, and all the president's hit men decide that it's time to smear their opponents as defeatists who give aid and comfort to the enemy.
1. Dionne misrepresents the poll. The poll asks people about their approval for how the war is being conducted, not whether they "support" it. Many people who "support" the war also "disapprove" of the slow pace of progress, believing that we should stop playing Mr. Nice Guy and start kicking more hajji butt. Such people, on a simple thumbs-up/thumbs-down question, say they "disapprove" of the war. But they don't support a cut-and-run policy, which is what Dionne's Democrats promise.
2. Polls don't mean zip when it comes to war. U.S. troops in Iraq are busy trying to hunt down al Qaeda, Ba'athists and rogue militias, training Iraqi forces, and preventing a civil war. You can poll every day, but the results don't have anything to do with the war itself. Thank God that Grant, Pershing and Eisenhower didn't have to put up with opinion polls: "Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to invade Sicily?"
3. The Democratic Party does crap like this all the time. And Republicans complain all the time. But the AP doesn't publish a story about every time Republicans get pissed off at what Democrats say in their fund-raising letters.
4. "Hit men"? "Smear"? E.J.'s having his Ann Coulter diva fantasies again. Way to "frame your message," E.J.!
5. What part of the "smear" do you deny, E.J.? You and your Democratic friends in the media constantly pour out negative coverage of the war -- even to the point of betraying national-security secrets about our surveillance of terrorists -- in order to support the Democratic Party's cut-and-run politics. Having fomented disapproval of the war, you then take polls showing that your propaganda has had its desired effect, publish the results and say, "See there?" That such defeatist tactics give aid and comfort to the enemy -- which is just about the only thing you commie peaceniks learned back in the '60s -- is something that former North Vietnamese military leaders have explicitly acknowledged.

If you're waiting for E.J. Dionne to stop being a Democratic Party cheerleader, you'll be waiting a long, long time. Meanwhile, he can't be bothered to notice how Democrats are using national security for political advantage. Thank God for bloggers like California Conservative, who catches this:
“We must implement the strong recommendations of the independent 9/11 ommission to improve airport security screening at checkpoints,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, stressing one of the party’s principal campaign-year promises in its drive to gain control of Congress.
To which CC replies:
Yeah, sure, Nancy. Just as long as it doesn’t infringe on any far-left, ACLU-litigated liberties, right?
Please, Nancy and E.J., have a nice big cup of STFU -- on the house.

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