With President Obama’s announcement on Friday that American troops currently serving in Iraq will be home for the holidays, most high profile Republicans have been left with only one response, that leaving early endangers Iraq and bolsters insurgents.
If I seem a bit cynical, it’s because I am experiencing an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. Is it just me, or does it seem that every set of negotiations between the White House and Congress over a major issue always comes down to some fabricated deadline?
But, even though I believe the plan has practical flaws, I think most of McConnell’s GOP colleagues are being short-sighted about the political advantages of McConnell’s plan. Frankly, it’s one of the more Machiavellian ideas to come out of Washington in a while.
The fact of the matter is that the announcement of the drawdown essentially turns what was planned to be a standard course of events into a strategic move that President Obama can own. It’s too smart of a move to think that no one considered the political ramifications.
It appears that it’s easier to believe that our President, with the help of the Navy Seals, and the Pakistani Military Institute, concocted a scheme to get a jump in the polls in 2011, than it is to believe that we actually found America’s most hated enemy.
Not only did Donald Trump hijack the “birther” movement, but at least for a brief period, he hijacked Republican political momentum. The difficult news for the GOP is that as President Obama burst Trump’s bubble, he also exposed how shallow the Republican platform is right now.
Whatever you think about raising the taxes of the rich, or substantive changes to entitlement programs that most people younger than Baby Boomers are convinced won’t be around for them, my problem with both plans is the time allotted for everything to work itself out.
With every politician, judge and pundit in the country 100% confident that this case will only be resolved in the Supreme Court, why must we endure this unnecessary dance?
It’s been quite a while since the GOP held a majority in the U.S. House, so getting used to their new power is going to take some adjusting. As a group, they are certainly jumping […]
Even though 2011 won’t feature a major statewide election, the year ahead is still is ripe with potential political stories that should inspire conversations throughout the New Year.