Many Democrats are fearing that things are getting better in Iraq. One Democratic Congressman was stupid enough to say it.
Next month the Petraeus Report on the progress in Iraq is due and of late there have been signs that the commander of U.S. forces might be preparing a generally positive report. No matter what you think about the war, we should all be hoping things go well. But House majority whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told the Washington Post that a strongly positive report on progress likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party’s efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.
Said Clyburn, “I think there would be enough support [amongst Blue Dog Democrats] to want to stay the course and if the Republicans were to stay united as they have been, then it would be a problem for us…”
Success in Iraq would be “a real problem” for Democrats. You have to worry a little bit when your electoral success depends on a defeat in Iraq.