No, not crawfishing IN Iraq. Crawfishing ON Iraq. I’ll explain it to you Yankees in the crowd.
Ya see… When a crawfish first sees you and is challenged, he waves his claws up in the air to attempt to scare you off. He looks a lot like this:
Even though his brain is about the size of a grain of rice, a crawfish ain’t dumb… he knows he’s going to lose the battle so the whole time he’s waving those big scary claws at you he starts walking backwards, looking for an escape route.
Down here it’s a verb. It means roughly to retreat from a staunchly held position when you realize you’re about to get your ass handed to you.
And so it is with the Democrats in Congress… They realize that the surge is working and if they keep cheering for the enemy, they will be committing political suicide.
WASHINGTON – One senator said U.S. troops are routing out al-Qaida in parts of Iraq. Another insisted President Bush’s plan to increase troops has caused tactical momentum.
One even went so far on Wednesday as to say the argument could be made that U.S. troops are winning.
These are not Bush-backing GOP die-hards, but Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, Bob Casey and Jack Reed. Even Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, said progress was being made by soldiers.
Surprise, surprise, don’t you know that all but one of them is up for reelection this cycle.
The suggestions by them and other Democrats in recent days that at least a portion of Bush’s strategy in Iraq is working is somewhat surprising, considering the bitter exchanges on Capitol Hill between the Democratic majority and Republicans and Bush. Democrats have long said Bush’s policies have been nothing more than a complete failure.
The Democrats’ choice to acknowledge the military’s progress in Iraq signals support for the troops, a message that voters want to hear.
OK let’s me disabuse the the AP writer, Mrs. Hefling. The Democrats don’t support the troops; their behavior has made that abundantly clear. It was just a 2 years ago that the now positive Dick Durbin took the Senate floor and said our soldiers where as bad as the Nazis and the Khmer Rouge.
They’re not supporting the troops. They are supporting their own reelection. When they think they can garner votes by bashing the troops, they’ll bash the troops. When they think they have to give the troops lip service they will do that too – at least until November ’08.
Either way, the conclusion to be drawn from this is obvious. They’re crawfishing now because they realize they’ve been pulling for the enemy too long and it’s going to bite them.
I’m glad to see it but I’m not going to get too excited until I hear them talking this way after November 2008.