“Our goal is political extinction for war supporters”

Bush and his-pro Iraq war allies on Capitol Hill were celebrating a victory when the President got his blank check two weeks ago. They may have won a battle, but they’re going to lose the war. That’s because they are losing the Iraq war and an increasing number of Americans knows it — even if Bush and the GOP are in denial.

It’s going to be a long, hot summer for pro-war members of Congress:

Democratic congressional leaders, whose efforts to force a withdrawal from Iraq were stymied last month, plan a summer of repeated Iraq-related votes designed to force Republican lawmakers to abandon the White House before the fall.

At the same time, antiwar groups are expanding their campaign to pressure GOP incumbents in their home states.

Both efforts seek to ensure that anxious Republican lawmakers — many of whom have said they want to wait until September to assess President Bush’s Iraq strategy — get no break from the war over the summer.

“The debate on Iraq will continue,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said last week. Pelosi, who in March helped push Democrats to embrace a withdrawal of American combat forces, has pledged that the House will vote on numerous measures aimed at ending the war.

Tom Matzzie, campaign manager for Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, the leading coalition against the war, promised an equally unpleasant summer for Republicans whenever they return home.

“Our job is to go into the congressional districts of members and create a political environment that is toxic,” he said. “The public is there already. It is really about focusing their anger.”

We’re all about focusing the anger. Most of us can’t read and watch what’s going on in Iraq and not be apoplectic. All we get from Bush and his allies is political happy talk about progress that doesn’t exist.

Best line from Matzzie: “Our goal is political extinction for war supporters.” A worthy goal to save the nation and save lives.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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