Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Sixty Percent Doctrine

White House spokesman Tony Snow today on the Connecticut primary:
I know a lot of people have tried to make this a referendum on the President; I would flip it. I think instead it's a defining moment for the Democratic Party, whose national leaders now have made it clear that if you disagree with the extreme left in their party they're going to come after you.
Sixty percent of Americans oppose the U.S. war in Iraq, the highest number since polling on the subject began with the commencement of the war in March 2003, according to poll results and trends released Wednesday.

And a majority of poll respondents said they would support the withdrawal of at least some U.S. troops by the end of the year, according to results from the Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last week on behalf of CNN. The corporation polled 1,047 adult Americans by telephone.
This goes beyond predictable, de rigueur political spin from the likes of a hapless Ken Mehlman. When this country's elected political leadership implictly labels 60% of the American public "extreme" for having a different opinion, it betrays its desperation and outs itself as little more than a bunch of contemptible, absolutist rogues.

I know "vigilance" has been the watchword in this space for awhile, but I suspect its importance will only increase over the coming weeks and months.


Blogger blogarillo said...

Indeed, vigilance...
Newt Gingrich Considers Political Opposition, American Citizens, to be an ''Insurgency''

8/09/2006 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course he would "flip it," because if he doesn't, he loses, plain and simple.

8/09/2006 9:42 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Well, Snow is wrong. Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, a long time disparager of W and the war in Iraq LOST her primary and will thus not return to DC next year.

8/09/2006 11:18 PM  
Anonymous thirdeye said...

tcr - buddy - start realizing we can't leave Iraq. The Israelis are making sure of that. Enjoy your servitude.

8/09/2006 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

And ThirdEye crawls out from under his rock after an uncharacteristic absence, spewing bullshit about the evil cabal that Controls America!.

8/10/2006 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You "can't" take the elevator to the tenth floor of an eight-story building. You "can't" construct a working inflatable lifeboat with lead in place of rubber. Reality control has limits, and the Empirical Inspector General is merciless and often harsh.

All sorts of things "can" happen to the US military while ditty-bopping around in the Middle East. Some of them already have, and new possibilities pop into existence every day.

8/10/2006 7:06 AM  
Anonymous KevinNYC said...

Also shouldn't the taxpayer funded White House Spokesman stay out of direct political attacks?

Shouldn't this be illegal?

RNC talking points should come from Melhman not Snow's podium.

It's truly shameful.

8/10/2006 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony. Baby. You lost me when you said "flip it".

Whose a bigger flip flopper than Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and gangsta gang.

Anyone listening to these guys has to analyze every word. They are so good at manipulation, fear-mongering, and lying. They really could sell swamp land and a shack to most people as if it were the Trump Taj Mahal.

The author of "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq", Thomas Ricks, when asked do we have the money or the manpower to complete this mission. He said we don't have the brains, the way we've been doing it, to complete the mission.

8/10/2006 11:03 AM  
Anonymous thirdeye said...

mike, I had no idea you enjoyed living in a world of increasing fear, terror and war. Let's talk again in 10 years when nothing has changed and see if you're still just as smug.

8/10/2006 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...


I don't enjoy[] living in a world of increasing fear, terror and war.

Nor do I enjoy living in a world full of wacked-out conspiracy theorists like you who blame Israel for every woe that befalls them or their country.

And before you presume to know that I do or don't approve of the status quo (hint: I don't), conduct some due diligence.

Good day.

8/10/2006 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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2/14/2007 2:53 PM  

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