Thursday, February 15

Awww, poor wittle babies!

The Republican Party is auditioning for a new name: the Pity Party.

This week, legions of Republicans take the House floor to oppose the resolution against the escalation in Iraq. Few Republicans argue that 21,500 additional troops will do any good. Instead, they talk about emotions. They shed tears for the hurt feelings of our men and women in uniform. They lament the jubilation that Iraqis supposedly will feel if the resolution passes.

It's odd to hear this kind of talk coming from Republicans, who frequently complain that liberals are mushy-headed dealers in therapy-speak. It is a most toxic form of narcissism.

Lamar Smith, R-Texas:

How would you feel if you were an American soldier in Iraq and Congress passed this resolution?

Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.:
You know, the Democrats have every right to disagree with the President's plan, but a nonbinding resolution is not the way to go. It sends a message of no confidence and no support to our troops in the field, weakening their morale while encouraging and emboldening the enemy.

John Carter, R-Texas:
So what should Americans expect from what is being asked for here today? I think they should expect discouraged troops. I think they should expect an encouraged enemy.

Mac Thornberry, R-Texas:
Just put yourself in the shoes of those men and women going into battle in Baghdad. Does this resolution encourage you or discourage you? Put yourself in the shoes of those people who do not want stability in Iraq, our adversaries. Does this resolution encourage you or discourage you?

Over and over, Republicans opposed the resolution because they believe the insurgents will feel happy if it passes. In doing so, these Republicans are allowing the insurgents to dictate their votes on the resolution. They have already surrendered.

It's a pity they feel that way.