July 31, 2006
I am very concerned about the congressional democratic leadership. Traditionally, democrats have joined republicans in a unified front against our foreign enemies. But two of the top senate democrat leaders gave a response to Iraq Prime Minister Maliki’s speech to Congress last Wednesday. Usually such things are for members who are on the other side. Do these democrats want to put themselves on the other side of a duly elected head of government? Do they hope the terrorists win and freedom loses so they can score political points against President Bush and the republicans in the fall election? One hates to draw such conclusions, but what other conclusion is there to draw from such behavior?
Minority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Whip Richard Durbin claimed Maliki’s speech ignored the chaos on the ground. There wasn’t a supportive word in their response. Not one. What has happened to the democrat leadership? Only senator Joe Lieberman seems to get it and he’s in trouble in Connecticut in his August 8 primary race. When you think of those great democrats of the past who put country ahead of self, this is sad.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.