Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Austin Bay on Harry Reid

His latest column is up at StrategyPage:

I distinguish Harry Reid Democrats from Harry Truman Democrats. Between these two Harrys spreads a vast moral chasm that 60 years of history do not fully explain.

"Give 'em Hell" Truman possessed a large quotient of common sense, as well as the courage of his convictions.

Assess Reid for yourself. Last week, the Senate majority leader said, "Now I believe myself ... that this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything, as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday."

But within minutes after declaring Iraq lost, Reid returned to the mikes to backtrack. "The (Iraq) war can only be won diplomatically, politically and economically, and the president needs to come to that realization," Reid said,

It's lost, but can only be won, if if what? If "Give 'em Hooey" Harry Reid is in charge?

How refreshing if Reid had the courage of his defeatist convictions, except his convictions aren't convictions, they are postures. Reid tosses a line to Democrat defeatists, then when he discovers his mistake, edges toward reality with an oily pirouette.

1 comment:

gledwood said...

American politics sounds just as sleazy ... if not more so ... than ours here in the UK. Like so many others I am now feeling so disillusioned that I have totally given up voting. I don't want to be responsible even in the smallest way for whatever idiot gets into power next!! Fascinating blog you have here! You must come see mine it's at You're most welcome to come have a poke through it. Be warned though it is very "different" ... my secret diary online type of thing where I tell everything ... see you there maybe? Meanwhile keep up the great blog.
All the best to you