Democratic Whip: Good News in Iraq Would be a “Problem for Us”

The Democrats want America to lose in Iraq by withdrawing in disgrace because it will benefit the Democrats in 2008. Well, today House Majority Whip James Clyburn actually admitted it:

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party’s efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.

Clyburn, in an interview with the video program PostTalk, said Democrats might be wise to wait for the Petraeus report, scheduled to be delivered in September, before charting next steps in their year-long struggle with President Bush over the direction of U.S. strategy.

Clyburn noted that Petraeus carries significant weight among the 47 members of the Blue Dog caucus in the House, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats. Without their support, he said, Democratic leaders would find it virtually impossible to pass legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal.

“I think there would be enough support in that group to want to stay the course and if the Republicans were to stay united as they have been, then it would be a problem for us,” Clyburn said.

We’ve known that America’s success in Iraq goes against the Democrats’ political agenda, and now one of the party’s leaders is actually admitting it. Political power is more important to the Democrats than America’s success in the world, so they are fighting to surrender before Patraeus’ report comes out in September. But the Dems have now got to be panicking because things are going so well in Iraq, not even the media can suppress the news anymore, as Noel Sheppard noted in his post on Sunday.

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