Monday, November 21, 2005

Headlines and arguments

I've had a few e-mails saying I was wrong when I said that Kathryn Lopez got it wrong here. Lopez said that the Republicans would get headlines that read "Congress votes down immediate withdrawal resolution" and that this would give them some political points going into the Thanksgiving recess.

The Republicans did get their headlines, but, for the record, I never doubted that. What I doubted was the latter point. I don't think this vote gained them any political traction and, in the long run, it served up some terribly embarrassing moments for the Republican party.

The "Tinkerbell Strategy" is hurting Republicans. They're clapping so loudly that the ringing in their ears have made them politically tone deaf. The American people are growing sicker and sicker of this war and, every time Republicans suggest that someone who doesn't support it is unpatriotic, more Americans who support the war look at their well-meaning and well-intentioned friends and neighbors who disagree and decide that Republicans are full of shit. People are finally seeing through the Republican illogic and all the misleading articles and headlines they can get from a sympathetic press aren't going to help.

Update: Here's what I'm talking about. Two stories from today...
Murtha may lose support, GOP says


In 2002, when U.S. Rep John Murtha faced a strong political challenge after a bitter redistricting battle, local Republicans rallied behind the powerful Democrat.

Three years later, some wonder whether that would still happen – after Murtha’s high-profile call Thursday to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq.

No one thinks the three-decade congressional veteran could lose next year’s election; he doesn’t even have announced opposition at this stage.

Murtha's call for troop pullout wins support at home

Johnstown lawmaker taps into a rueful weariness of war

By Johanna Neuman
Los Angeles Times

...(Murtha's) call for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, a process he said could take about six months, sparked Republican retribution on Friday. GOP leaders sought to force a vote on a resolution that would express "the sense of the House ... that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately," knowing it would be overwhelmingly defeated. But the rebuff aimed at Murtha probably won't sting here.

"I agree with him 100 percent," said Lucy Machuta, a life-long Republican who once lived near Murtha. Asked if she previously had supported the war, Machuta said, "In the beginning, yes, but now it is useless, it's like an open Vietnam."

Asked if congressional rejection of a resolution to withdraw troops would sway her views, Machuta said, "No. Is Congressman Murtha going to change his mind? I'm not changing mine either."


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