Atrios quotes a recent Media Matters column by Jamison Foser, addressing New York Times nitwit Anne Kornblut’s persistent claim that Democrats must beware of letting themselves be accused of wanting to “cut and run”:
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: This isn’t 2004 any more. This isn’t 2002.I made a similar point the other day, in the comment section following an unsigned Guardian thumbsucker (“The Democrats get their turn”), in which it was asserted that “Feelings on the left of the party are running high over Iraq and there is much pressure for immediate action”:
People. Don’t. Like. This. War.
How hard is that to comprehend? It’s been the truth for a long time. A very long time. President Bush and John McCain are pushing an Iraq policy—escalation—that has the support of only about 11 percent of Americans. Eleven percent! That’s in “would you like to be kicked in the head” range. People overwhelmingly oppose this war; they want to end it; and leading Republicans are talking about escalating it.
Surveying these facts, pundits declare that Democrats better watch out, lest they be branded “cut-and-run[ners].” And these people get paid to utter this nonsense!
Are you nuts? Feelings on the left, center-left, center, and center-right are running high over Iraq. In poll after poll it ranks as the most urgent question on the national agenda. Approval for Bush’s Iraq policies is down to 23%.At this point, I think it’s urgently important to correct the media every time they say—or imply—that opposition to this war is in any way “marginal” or confined to the “left.” It’s not. It’s the position of the solid majority of the American people. An even larger majority is opposed to sending more troops, and no politician who advocates that should be regarded as anything but a marginal, extremist loser.
The notion that only the “left” urgently wants to put brakes on Bush’s Iraq adventure is a profound misreading of the national mood. Most of the country wants this, save for the last-ditch, hard-core war fans who would vote for George W. Bush even if he ate a live baby on national TV.