Remember the call for a "Democratic plan"?
David Brooks: But most Democrats seem to be acting as if the main problem with the country is that the country doesn't hate George Bush enough. And if we only shout louder, they'll hate him more like tourists in Paris who think they'll understand us if we scream a little louder. And to me, it's led to the brain death of the Democratic Party. I don't know where the party stands on Iraq.So, what happens? Dems come up with a plan.
Some idiot: I had to stop myself from shouting at my television last night. Picture Nancy Pelosi giving her response to Bush's speech last night. She said we have no plan for winning things in Iraq. What has she been smoking?...Maybe Nancy is just smarter than we conservatives. She should enlighten the rest of us if she has a better plan.
Rush Limbaugh: Let's just play a hypothetical game. Suppose for the fun of it that they're right. Suppose Bush lied about everything. Suppose that there was no intelligence suggesting Iraq and Saddam were looking for weapons of mass destruction or ever had them. Okay, let's say they win this. What then? Has anybody heard a plan from them as to what to do next? If we get the world to admit, "Okay, Bush lied," then what? Well, you impeach Bush, but then what? Well, there's nothing, because they have no plan.
And what do the Senators from the Republican "party of ideas" do? They steal the Dem plan, then cut-and-paste. You cannot make this shit up.
The proposal on the Iraq war, from Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, and Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, would require the administration to provide extensive new quarterly reports to Congress on subjects like progress in bringing in other countries to help stabilize Iraq. The other appeals related to Iraq are nonbinding and express the position of the Senate.Of course, when a Democrat takes the freely offered talking points of an ally and uses them in a letter, it's called plagiarism. When a Republican just edits a Democratic plan and presents it as a Republican plan, then that's a "grand vision." Right, Glenn?
The plan stops short of a competing Democratic proposal that moves toward establishing dates for a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq. But it is built upon the Democratic approach and makes it clear that senators of both parties are increasingly eager for Iraqis to take control of their country in coming months and open the door to removing American troops.
Mr. Warner said the underlying message was, "we really mean business, Iraqis, get on with it." The senator, an influential party voice on military issues, said he did not interpret the wording of his plan as critical of the administration, describing it as a "forward-looking" approach.
"It is not a question of satisfaction or dissatisfaction," he said. "This reflects what has to be done."
Democrats said the plan represented a shift in Republican sentiment on Iraq and was an acknowledgment of growing public unrest with the course of the war and the administration's frequent call for patience. "I think it signals the fact that the American people are demanding change, and the Republicans see that that's something that they have to follow," said Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader.
Mr. Frist said an important reason for the Republican proposal was to offer an alternative to the Democratic call for a withdrawal timetable. "The real objective was to get out of this timeline of cutting and running that the Democrats have in their amendment," he said.
Mr. Warner said he decided to take the Democratic proposal and edit it to his satisfaction in an effort to find common ground between the parties on the issue. (Emphasis Nitpicker's.)
My side hurts from laughing at these silly bastards for the last few weeks.