Joseph Lieberman,, one such decent Democrat has recently returned from Iraq with praise for all of the remarkable progress we have made there both societal and regarding infrastructure. He stated that two-thirds of Iraq was doing great and that what he saw heartened him. He also stated how hopeful he was that the Iraqis would be able to take of themselves fairly soon and we would finally be able to start withdrawing troops.
Another Democratic Congressman, whose name I have forgotten and cannot find on the internet, has expressed similar views.
This appears to beginning of a split in the Democratic Party. It coincides quite conveniently with the beginnings of a dramatic upturn in Iraq. It seems it is becoming increasingly less convenient to toe the line of the craziest party supporters, and smart and decent Dems are changing the rhetoric.
What does this mean for the ’06 elections? It’s a sign that the GOP is stronger than the MSM and Democrat talking heads want America to believe. It means that going into the “06 elections there will likely not be such monolithic opposition to everything Republican, and such a split after such a long and protracted unified resistance will almost certainly anger many of the Democrat’s supporters. This could mean some damaging primaries for many Democrat hopefuls.
This split is the right thing to do, but it comes at both an opportune, and an inconvenient time for the Democrats.