So far, the Democrats have lived down to all expectations I had for them. As the date for the Congressionally mandated report to the Congress and the progress of the surge strategy approached, the party of surrender, which had undoubtedly been reading and hearing good news coming from Iraq, preemptively attacked the character and credibility of the man who would be delivering the report and whom they had unanimously confirmed to manage the Iraq War.
Senator Chuckie "The Thug" Schumer. D-New York, led the Democrats to the precipice of the abyss and walked over it himself when he dismissed the improving situation in Iraq as an accidental consequence of the American military's incompetence. He has since tried to revise his slander, but the blogosphere caught him, and will not let him get away with it. The tale is here.
So threatened by the prospect of good news were the Democrats, that they could not even stay the course laid out by the party commissars. The original plan was to let those who hold the leash to do the dirty work:
“No one wants to call [Petraeus] a liar on national TV,” noted one Democratic senator, who spoke on the condition on anonymity. “The expectation is that the outside groups will do this for us.”
But that's exactly what they did, starting with the Execrable Tom Lanto, D-California. The mainstream media is doing its very best to airbrush and sanitize the Democrats' more reprehensible comments. As I was driving to an appointment yesterday, I heard Tom Lantos on ABC Radio's the top of the hour news saying that he wished our troops well and that he hoped that they would be successful. However, I had heard this same sack of crap say with my own two ears that Tom Lantos: "The administration's myopic policies in Iraq have created a fiasco," added House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, a California Democrat. "The administration has sent you here today to convince the members of these two committees and the Congress that victory is at hand... I don't buy it."
Senator Christopher Dodd, D-Waitress Sandwich, immediately followed with a blast e-mail, again calling General Petreus as puppet and a liar. "The fact that there are questions about General Petraeus's report is not surprising given that it was brought to you by this White House."
A strong case could be made that it is the Democrats who are the ventriloquist's dummy - and the the hand working the dummy's mouth is held by George Soros. The weekend before Petreus's testimony, Moveon.org took out a full page ad in the New York Times accusing Petreus of betraying America. The New York Times helped subsidize this slander by giving Soros underwritten organization cut rate pricing on the advertisement.
That groups like MoveOn run the Democratic Party now is no longer disputable. To keep the storm troopers satiated while the Democrats fail to deliver defeat, Harry Reid, D-What happens in Las Vegas, Stays in Las Vegas, last summer called Petreus "incompetent," and a mouthpiece for President Bush.
Today's Wall Street Journal has a fine piece detailing the Democrats slander machine, from today's Opinion Journal.
You should read it.