Howard Dean had some thoughts to share recently in The Christian Science Monitor.
There is a consensus that we cannot continue to have a permanent commitment to a failed strategy.... One, we are going to support our troops and two, you are going to see a ... desire to resolve the situation ... by turning this over to the Iraqis and bringing our folks home. The only thing that is left up to some modest differences is what the timetable is.
In other words, there's no debate among Democrats as to whether we should surrender. The only question is what time the Last Helicopter departs from Baghdad. The Democrats give a new twist to an old adage: When the going gets tough, the Dems get going.
And wait until the African American clergy, the folks at Sojourners magazine, and all the other liberal-left anti-war clergy read this:
The religious community has to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics.
We're quite sure that when Howard realizes what he has said and how it would affect the Democratic party if the religious community really were to distance itself from politics, he'll be eager to let this latest piece of intemperance fade quietly into political oblivion.
The Democratic party without a politically active African American church and religious left is in the same shape as a hiker in Death Valley with no water. He may not be dead, but he soon will be.
He also suggests this as a Democratic slogan for 2008:
One of our slogans is probably going to end up being 'tough and smart.' Because what the Republicans have done is tough and not very smart.
Tough and smart. Catchy. Ironic, too, considering that their plan for Iraq is best described as wussie and dumb.