Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Iraq and a hard place

CNN's lede:
(CNN) -- As President Bush prepares to make his final speech on the strategy for winning the war in Iraq, a recent poll indicates that fewer people are opposed to the U.S. presence there, but they don't think the U.S. is winning the effort.
I think there are two reasons for this. First, the president has done relatively well in his speeches; he can give a good speech -- and a good q&a it seems -- when it really matters. However, this poll may have moved because of the recent framing of the debate: should we stay or should we go?

Most Americans want troops home but in a gradual redeployment. The debate has been framed -- by Murtha, Dean, Pelosi, Bush, Kerry, Rumsfeld and Cheney (et al) -- as exit now or finish the job. That is not a good construct for the Democrats to gain support.

The few who have not framed it in this manner are Wesley Clark, Jack Reed and Hillary Clinton. Clark and Reed are pragmatic and thoughtful. Hillary is more of a non-entity.

As with any poll, what matters is the tone of the question. Add to that the tone of the debate around the issue.

7 Comments:

Blogger Bassizzzt said...

Well put. I'm still puzzled as to why Murtha and Dean would make glaring public remarks such as our "Army is worn out" to other stuff like "we can't win in Iraq" because all that does is demoralize our troops and boost the morale of the enemy.

There is nothing worse than a politician with a security clearance.

11:30 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

How about a dirty political trickster with a security clearance?

The best tone from the Dems has been Reed and Clark. Unfortunately, the powers that be in my party are not looking to those two enough.

Did you see Joe Klein's piece in this week's Time Online? It's worth the read.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Bassizzzt said...

I'll check out Joe's piece in a tic here.

What you're saying about the dems is exactly what I'm on about. Faulty judgement and poor leadership. How can one make a loser into a leader overnight? Why, they are members of the Democratic Party, of course (Howard Dean).

12:57 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

It is clear that placing Howard Dean in his present role was incredibly shortsighted.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Bassizzzt said...

Check out my blog. Once again, hat tip, my friend.

1:37 PM  
Blogger zen said...

I've always like Clark, he was my pick in the primaries. He has real experience and real leadership qualities combined. These are precisely what is lacking from every side of the debate. And unfortunately what keeps him from grabbing any real power in the party is also what makes him so appealing...he's not a politician.

3:57 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Clark has a real tin ear for politics. I find it hilarious, but when you lecture a kindergarten kid on using the marker table efficiently, eh....

That Klein article summed John Kerry up quite well.

12:11 PM  

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