Today there are more holes in the ship of fools known as the Republican party. About two weeks ago, Senators Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) and George Voinovich (R(?)-Ohio) announced that they could no longer support the current troop deployment in Iraq; instead, they said, they were going to support withdrawal.
Over the past day or two, three more blind mice joined them: Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire), and Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico). They called for a "clear blueprint" and "new" strategy. (Excuse me, but isn't the troop surge a "clear blueprint" and "new" strategy? And didn't these same senators decide to give that "new" strategy a fair chance when the president announced it? Apparently, they think a few weeks is enough of a chance.)
The reason for the Republican mutiny? The 2008 election. Voinovich is a RINO, so that explains where he's coming from. But Lugar, Domenici, Alexander, and Gregg are all up for re-election next year. So they are reading the polls on Iraq and running for the hills.
The Democrats never do this. When one of their own---or one of their policies---gets into trouble, and they all rally to the defense. Democratic president getting impeached? No problem! It was only about sex and besides, his Republican opponents are crazed Inspector Javerts. Democratic Congressman found with $100,000 in cash in his freezer? No problem! It was just an unorthodox safe.
Republicans never do this. One of their own gets into trouble, and the party splinters and falls apart. They've got too much "class" to cohere around a faltering colleague. Every man for himself! Wounded man overboard---don't throw him a lifeline! Throw bait instead to bring the sharks!
At the exact moment when al Qaeda's number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has announced that the jihad in Iraq isn't going so well, these Republican Senators want to pull the rug out from our effort there. At the exact moment when the troop surge is reaching a critical turning point, these Senators want to bolt for the tall grass. At the exact moment when Iraq itself is at a tipping point, these Senators are running.
Oh, they're running all right: for re-election. All four---Lugar, Alexander, Gregg, and Domenici---are pathetically and desperately putting their political careers ahead of success in Iraq. Good luck with your campaigns next year, guys! The left never liked you, and now the right thinks you're a bunch of sniveling sell-outs. It takes real talent to alienate the ENTIRE electorate.
As noted above, Democrats never do this. Would it kill you, GOP, to watch them and perhaps learn?