poll out today showing that the majority of Americans think Mr. Bush\’s
leadership on Iraq just plain stinks, with 53% wanting a deadline for troop withdrawal from Iraq.
But an article earlier this morning on WashingtonPost.com offered a cold reality
for Democrats as well, especially those leading us in Congress.
With Bush\’s approval ratings mired by the unpopular war, Americans trust
congressional Democrats over Bush to handle the situation in Iraq by a margin
of 54 percent to 34 percent. That is down from a 27-point gap before the president\’s
address last month. Since that time, trust in the Democrats on the
issue has slipped six points. That has not been matched by increasing
confidence in Bush, but by a five-point rise in the number who trust neither
the Democrats in Congress nor the president on the issue. There has
also been an eight-point decline in the Democrats\’ advantage among independents.
The link to the Washington Post piece I had earlier now
takes you to the new poll, but it\’s the above information everyone should pay close attention to. Even memeorandum has the original title of the piece still up, which I cite above. I can\’t find the text of the first piece on the Post any longer,
which I find curious, but it\’s elsewhere so you still get the data. I covered
it on my show, reading it from the first Post story. Anyway, odd, but these things happen with the corporate sites on The Tubes.
But because of Congress\’s dithering and doing nothing on Iraq,
5% of Americans have lost faith in their government all together, walking away
from both parties. Not surprising that cynicism rises when Congress fails to
engage their collective spine. However, that independents have walked away,
at least in the short term, from the Democratic Party is illustrative of just
how poorly the Senate handled this affair and how damaging this whole thing
could be in the long term.
Of course, it\’s not even election season yet, but it sure didn\’t
take long for 5-6% of the people to walk away from Democrats. No Democratic
member of Congress should think this isn\’t a sign, especially if they continue
to do nothing on the Iraq war. Talk is fine, but at some point action has to
meet up with rhetoric.
The American people want out of Iraq. American\’s voted in the last election. The progressive blogs led the way and the majority of America followed our lead. We can\’t do much more than that, because it\’s Congress\’s job now. I hope this isn\’t a news flash to the DC Democrats, but it doesn\’t do any good for Americans to vote, fax, call, email senators and their representatives if none of them are going to carry out the people\’s will. A new course on Iraq doesn\’t mean escalation either. Get the message? Now Congress needs to act.