Some of us have often complained that the Democrats have failed to learn anything from the Bushies. Unfortunately, they just demonstrated that they learned how to snooker the public with bait & switch.
Remember after 9/11 we were immediately told bin Laden did it?
Then somehow Saddam became part of the discussion.
Then bin Laden fades and is dropped from the talking points most of the time.
And the action was all about Saddam and Iraq.
Fast forward to 2006:
We elected the Democrats to do two things: end the war and impeach Bush and Cheney.
They say impeachment is off the table and knowing whispers are spread that it will be harder to bring the troops home safely if there's a big impeachment hooha.
So we wait for action on ending the war.
This Iraq appropriation comes up, and they give Bush more money than he wants, but attach benchmarks that are things Bush wants anyway, and a non-binding timeline.
That seems like a sellout until Bush vetoes it, then it seems like it might have been a smart way to make Bush look unreasonable--if they keep sending him that same bill with the mere suggestion of ending the war.
But like Osama bin Laden, the anti-war part drops out of the equation, and they just gave Bush the money with no deadline strings attached.
And just as Bush pulls out the voodoo rattle of Osama to make the rubes pay attention, the Democrats will pull out the anti-war rattle and shake it at us when they need votes or money.
Then once we have cast the ballot or written the check, they will quietly put it away, and go back about their corporate masters' business.
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