The Beltway: Oblivious To Its Irrelevance
Watching Meet the Press this morning, it becomes apparent that the Beltway types do not get it yet - on Iraq, what they say matter not one whit to what the American People think. The views on the Iraq Debacle are baked cake, but they still think they have something to say on the matter. The one exception, the astute Chuck Todd, the new political director for NBC (disclosure, I am friendly with Todd.) Watch as Chuck cuts through the Beltway nonsense:
MR. RUSSERT: Chuck Todd, where do we go? The president will say, “All right, you sent me your [Iraq funding] legislation, and I just vetoed it. Now what are you going to do? Are you going to give me money for the troops, or are you going to tell the American people you’re not going to support this war anymore? MR. CHUCK TODD: Well, it’s interesting. What I don’t understand what the White House is doing is that every time Democrats propose something that allows them to potentially take co-ownership of the war, Bush actually stops them, and politically it actually puts the Democrats in an advantageous position because they can sit there and say, “Well, you know what, we’ve, we’ve tried to take some responsibility for this war. The president won’t do it. He’s vetoing this legislation. This is still Bush’s war. This is still a Republican war.” And that’s sort of the frustration that I’m sensing from some Republicans, not, not inside the White House, but on Capital Hill and on the campaign trail a little bit . . . In 2008 it’s going to be a real death knell for the Republican Party.
You think the Beltway understands this? They do not. Not even most Dems understand this.
Consider Senator Carl Levin (D-MI). Carl Levin is not a stupid man. Indeed, he is a very smart man. But there is something about the Beltway that makes smart men stupid. Consider his statements today on This Week:
Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, the Senate Armed Service Committee chairman, took issue with an effort by Majority Leader Harry Reid to cut off money for the war next year as a way to end U.S. involvement. "We're not going to vote to cut funding, period," Levin said. "But what we should do, and we're going to do, is continue to press this president to put some pressure on the Iraqi leaders to reach a political settlement."
Honestly, Jeralyn will get mad at me, but Levin was an idiot this morning. A stone cold Beltway Idiot. Here's what Carl Levin needs to do from now on - SHUT UP! You speak for none but yourself Levin, and Obama probably. The two of you need to just shut up.
Again, Chuck Todd is the guy who makes sense here:
MR. RUSSERT: But the Democratic base is demanding an alternative Democratic foreign policy? MR. TODD: Of course they are. And if they don’t—I mean this is the, this is the thing the Democrats have to do. It’s why Harry Reid is co-sponsoring this Russ Feingold bill, that it was the base of the Democratic Party that got energized in 2006 and got them control of Congress. Harry Reid knows it, and that’s why he’s allowing himself to, to move farther to the left on some foreign policy issues. It’s why Pelosi is going ahead and doing these things because they have to make sure they don’t just pay lip service to the left.
The Beltway Idiocy had infected many smart people - Levin and Obama seem to have gotten it the worst. Chuck Todd understands what is going on. And so does Harry Reid.
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