Is Ron Elving at www.npr.org as much of a dunce as he seems in this article (All-Nighter Focuses Media Attention on War Pullout)?
Of course, this aggressive strategy is the worst way to make friends and influence people in the Senate. If you really want to romance senators into voting your way, you don't start by forcing them up against the wall. Reid may well find his efforts causing the GOP to circle its wagons more closely than ever, and to become more protective of its president. That may well make it more difficult to bring the war to a swift conclusion.
But the fact is that many in the Senate have already despaired of a swift conclusion to this war. They now expect the September report of Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, to be inconclusive. They expect the president to press on into 2008. And they expect the real crunch to come when, sometime around March of next year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells the president there are no more troops available and qualified to rotate into Iraq. At that point, many now believe, meaningful reductions in U.S. troop strength will be unavoidable.
In the first paragraph above Elving criticizes Harry Reid's "aggressive strategy" and parrots the usual media idiocy suggesting that Democratic aggressiveness will just make the GOP Bush kissing Republican Senators worse. Worse than treasonous, lying, cheating, thieving hypocrites? Well, I suppose it's possible, but is that a legitimate reason for the head of the Senate to avoid doing his job? It's certainly the one that's been most in use til now.
Sometimes one must stand up to the bully. And THAT is Harry Reid's job. And I say it's about time and keep is up, dammit, Harry!
Hopefully the Democrats do not plan to go back to non-business as usual tomorrow ...