Deja Vu: Joe Klein Style

Joe Klein, June 2006:

What can the Democrats do? They can play politics or be responsible. The political option is to embrace "cut and run"; call for an immediate withdrawal, as Kerry did; and hope the public is so sick of Bush and sick of the war that it will punish the g.o.p. in the fall. But embracing defeat is a risky political strategy, especially for a party not known for its warrior ethic. In fact, the responsible path is the Democrats' only politically plausible choice: they will have to give yet another new Iraqi government one last shot to succeed. This time, U.S. military sources say, the measure of success is simple: Operation Forward Together, the massive joint military effort launched last week to finally try to secure Baghdad, has to work. If Baghdad isn't stabilized, the war is lost. "I know it's the cliche of the war," an Army counterinsurgency specialist told me last week. "But we'll know in the next six months—and this time, it'll be the last next six months we get."

Joe Klein, today:

How to Elect a Republican President (and Congress) in 2008

. . . Allow the Jacobin--off with their heads!--wing of the party to control the agenda. Keep calling for votes on Iraq that will fail. Don't call for votes on Iraq that might succeed (like the Salazar-Alexander Amendment).

Even though the Republican field is prohibitively pathetic, and the President's ratings have now reached the mid-twenties, a Democratic defeat in 2008 in entirely possibly if the public comes to believe that Democrats are only interested in futile, symbolic gestures.

Because the Alexander-Salazar Amendment has such teeth. Given how wrong Joe was in 2006, it is surprising he has no sign of humility now. But he would not be Joe Klein if he did.

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    A Sense of the Senate that Ice Cream is Delicious (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by joejoejoe on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 11:43:20 AM EST
    What does Salazar-Alexander mandate other than a report from the President every 90 days on what is going on in Iraq? Hmmm...I wonder what he'll say?

    Here's a CRS report on Sense of Congress provisions:

    A "sense of" resolution is not legally binding because it is not presented to the President for his signature. Even if a "sense of" provision is incorporated into a bill that becomes law, such provisions merely express the opinion of Congress or the relevant chamber. They have no formal effect on public policy.

    Now that's some strong bipartisan leadership!

    I don't know what I would do if I were (none / 0) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 11:30:09 AM EST
    Joe Klein at this point.  Politics has never been about "winning" to me other than winning a way that we can all live.  He's like a gambling junkie at the roulette wheel  whispering to himself that he's going to hit anytime, he can feel it, he's just had a bad run of luck lately.

    Joe, the joker, Klein (none / 0) (#3)
    by koshembos on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 12:35:37 PM EST
    Mr. Klein, the war in Iraq was lost the moment it started. If you don't understand that, check yourself into the institute of the pathetically stupid for the rest of your life.

    he's right and wrong (none / 0) (#4)
    by Stewieeeee on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 01:04:29 PM EST
    a steady stream of votes that fail dividing dems and uniting repugs will create an overall net negative for the dems as well as the goal of ending the war.

    a steady stream of votes that succeed uniting dems and dividing repugs will create an overall net positive for the dems and bring us closer to bringing the troops home.

    joe klein is wrong though.  that alexander-salazar thing (if it's the thing i last heard about) will divide dems.