The Iraq issue in 2008 (November, 2007):
To the extent that the war in Iraq will play a significant role in the 2008 elections, the numbers should be compelling and astounding to Democrats, in a direction they never could have imagined just a few months ago.
Democrats pushing a losing position (February 2008):
Speaker Pelosi, may I suggest you cut and run from your cut and run plan. The American people are not buying it.
I use these to set up a blog by Ed Morrissey at Hot Air today:
Public confidence in the Iraq war has risen to its highest level in almost two years. Fifty-three percent now believe that the US will ultimately achieve its goals in Iraq, fifteen points higher than just six months ago, according to Pew Research
Do read the entire Politico article on the Pew Research poll.
And at that post at Hot Air, Captain Ed says:
Congressional Democrats seem to have already figured this out. They recently approved the entire appropriation request for operations in Iraq without making hardly a peep about it. It’s no coincidence that it’s the first time in two years they haven’t tried to hold it hostage for a retreat.
Might we say that the Democrats have seen compelling and astounding numbers -- and have chosen to cut and run? Yes.
Would that I were a consultant who got paid for this stuff.
UPDATE: Just to put it in the post, the "compelling and astounding" title refers to the April 2007 statement by Harry Reid:
"We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) told reporters yesterday. "Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding."
Who knows who will pick up seats? The election is still a long ways off. We will simply satisfy ouselves for now that the Democrats no longer feel such confidence in the US losing in Iraq to be making such bold defeatist statements for their own electoral gains.