Monday, March 27, 2006

Democrats: Don't Lose Touch with Your Patented Optimism! 

I encourage you to ignore the following information:

In an Election Year, a Shift in Public Opinion on the War

ALBUQUERQUE, March 25 Neil Mondragon watched with approval at an auto repair shop recently as Representative Heather A. Wilson, a New Mexico Republican visiting her district, dropped into the pit and drained the oil from a car.

Afterward, Mr. Mondragon recalled how he had backed Ms. Wilson, a supporter of the Iraq war, in her race for Congress two years ago. He, too, supported the war.

But now, Mr. Mondragon said, it is time to bring the troops home. And he is leaning toward voting for Ms. Wilson's opponent, Patricia Madrid, who has called for pulling the troops out of Iraq by the end of the year.

"The way I see the situation is, we have done what we had to," said Mr. Mondragon, 27, whose brother fought in the war and returned with post-traumatic stress disorder. "I don't see the point of having so many guys over there right now. We can't just stay there and baby-sit forever."
Senator Mike DeWine, an Ohio Republican who is also facing a tough re-election challenge, said that "people are not optimistic about what they see."

Even Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican who has made her support for the war a centerpiece of her campaign, said the public seemed "to be losing patience" with the war.

Interviews with voters, elected officials and candidates around the country suggest a deepening and hardening opposition to the war. Historians and analysts said this might mark a turning point in public perception.
Here in New Mexico, Dollie Shoun, 67, said she had gone from being an ardent supporter of the war and the president to a fierce critic of both.

"There has been too many deaths, and it is time for them to come back home," Ms. Shoun said. Speaking of Mr. Bush, she added: "I was very much for him, but I don't trust him at this point in time."

Even Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen--a congresswoman who "has made her support for the war a centerpiece of her campaign"--sees people are losing patience??

Look: I think it's important for the Democrats to ignore the so-called wisdom of the likes of Dollie Shoun, wallowing in the negativity of her "can't-do" spirit, and recognize the American people's need for an "optimistic" outlook on the Iraq war. Remember, when voters are considering whether to vote for you or your Republican opponent, they're going to think: "Can I trust that this Democrat has the same kind of can-do, optimistic, strong, pro-security spirit, as exemplified by leading Democrats such as Joseph Biden, Joseph Lieberman, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry?


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