Cheney, Rumsfeld and President Bush launched a rousing barrage of targeted speeches casting the global War on Terror and Iraq as "the ideological struggle of the 21st Century" and compared Democrats and the Media to Europe's WWII appeasers with this Winston Churchill quote: "Appeasement is a bit like feeding a crocodile, hoping it would eat you last."
Democrats were outraged that R-leaders came out swinging and spinning, "Rummy PIPE DOWN!!" (LATimes)... They squirmed for Rumsfeld's dismissal; demanded Cheney and Bush's rebuke for daring to give jaded Liberal intellectuals a history lesson. Isn't this what they wanted? Republicans taking full responsibility for the whole Middle East mess? Haven't they charged that "Republicans are distancing themselves from Bush & Iraq..the administration is incompetent..blame America first..the people agree with us...pull out now, cut & run..quit?
For months Democrats have been telling us that Republicans running for re-election are desparate to change the subject from Iraq to anything else. Apparently not. Alas..Democrats are wrong again. Could their outrage be fear? Fear that they protesteth too much and look more like hooked, beached flounders flapping on the sand than like electABLE, capABLE guardians of our security and Country? Could it be the GOP, after enduring their best shots, is steeled by the relentless snipes and afterall is engaged in a forceful, proud and noble counter attack that sentences the Democratic Party to damnation in an inescapable hell-hole of irrelevance, mindless defeatism and self-perpetuating failure?