Obviously there is truth in what he says. Polls indicate that the people want to see an end to the war. But Olbermann is also refusing to acknowledge Cousin IT
. Throughout the entire speech he did not once mention Cousin IT
He did however manage to bring up Neville Chamberlain, thus calling the Democratic leadership something close to traitors to their country. I think that this is mighty strong language, and a diatribe of that low a caliber only belongs in one place - coming out of the piehole of some mindless Republican. As a party, do we really have so little faith in our leadership?
What little traction they have gained in congress could very quickly erode if public sentiment became "The Democrats are hurting the troops! The Democrats are losing the war we almost won!" With the hamster-like attention span of the American public, I could see the Republicans using that to their advantage, and suddenly the war is perceived as all the fault of the Democrats, and the Republicans gain an advantage in public support.
Maybe Henry Waxman's
"drip, drip, drip" method of water torture will work out better politically. Many Republicans are already squirming in their seats. I am not saying that I am right, only that I can see more than one side to the issue.
One might say, "Politically? But American lives are at stake!" Yes, that is the hardest part to swallow, but if you can't gain enough support in the House and the Senate to override the Presidents veto, then maybe the best tactic is to continue to to push sentiment in the house and the senate in your own direction.
Remember that the Republicans failed to impeach Clinton in the Senate after a huge brouhaha and many months of effort wasted. In the end, they did not get what they wanted, and looked like major morons for their efforts. Clinton ended up being a figure of sympathy, and had a very positive public approval ratings when he left office. If the Republicans had taken the time to gain more support, they might
have been more successful. "Push comes to shove"
is not always the best tactic.
So I figure that if Keith Olbermann can invoke Neville Chamberlain, I can invoke Nazis! Yes Nazis! The unwritten rule is that any time you have a conversation on any subject and the opposing side is compared to Nazis, then you know that you have probably hit the lowest possible point in human interaction, you are at a low tide in rational dialog, you have reached a point of foolishness and buffoonery that is far beneath your dignity. And I am all about the lowest common denominator. "Far Beneath Your Dignity" is my middle name!
So how are those that are attacking the Democratic leadership like Nazis? Hitler lost many brave soldiers on several occasions because he refused to make a tactical retreat, but instead he pushed forward blindly without regard for caution and logic. Oh, alright. They are not really like Nazi, but Olbermann got to invoke Neville Chamberlain - fair's fair!
You know what's worse than a Nazi? A soccer mom! Running on the field and screaming at their kid, "You've got no backbone!" when he or she has made a play that they don't approve of. I say give the kid a chance, the coach might have something up his sleeve. I would certainly not start rooting for the other side and demoralizing the other Soccer mom's on my team. I would stand behind my kid no matter what,
if Dick Cheney and George Bush were on the other team. Anyway, it is entirely possible that the little twerps know more about the politics of soccer than I do.
I can understand that many would disagree with what I just said, but consider this - if you were a Republican strategist, how would you like the public to feel about the Democrats in congress right now? You may being feeling exactly how Karl Rove wants you to feel.