Start Scrapping or Start Packing

June 7, 2007

The Daschlecratic . . . excuse me, Democratic cave-in on the Iraq supplemental vote is costing the party at the polls:

Disapproval of Bush’s performance in office remains high, but the poll highlighted growing disapproval of the new Democratic majority in Congress. Just 39 percent said they approve of the job Congress is doing, down from 44 percent in April, when the new Congress was about 100 days into its term. More significant, approval of congressional Democrats dropped 10 percentage points over that same period, from 54 percent to 44 percent.

Much of that drop was fueled by lower approval ratings of the Democrats in Congress among strong opponents of the war, independents and liberal Democrats. While independents were evenly split on the Democrats in Congress in April (49 percent approved, 48 percent disapproved), now 37 percent said they approved and 54 percent disapproved. Among liberal Democrats, approval of congressional Democrats dropped 18 points.

Bush’s overall job-approval rating stands at 35 percent, unchanged from April.

Many Democratic activists have complained that the 2006 midterm election results represented a call for a course change in Iraq and that so far the Democratic-controlled Congress has failed to deliver.

Deep public skepticism about Iraq, concerns about the Democrats and Bush, and near-record-high gasoline prices appear to have combined to sour the overall mood in the country. In the new poll, 73 percent of Americans said the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, while 25 percent said things are going in the right direction.

Hear that, Democrats? Americans hate this war, and they’re sick to death of Bush and his carnival of flakes, frauds and felons. They no longer buy the lies — that’s been clear for a while now. That the Democrats held back from a full-out confrontation over war funding because of their knock-kneed terror at the played-out accusation that “they don’t support the troops” is beyond belief.

The return of oversight and a skeptical Congress is welcome and long overdue. But ending Bush’s fantasyland war is no longer simply a priority — it is an emergency. Fortune favors the brave, guys. We’ve heard all the rationalizations about keeping your powder dry and picking your fights and waiting for the rtight moment, and they just don’t fly anymore. Start scrapping or start packing.  

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