Tuesday, November 15


The Republican majority in the United States Senate is making what Polipundit terms a "course correction." Unlike me, Polipundit is convinced that Republican leaders know what they're doing and that we conservative polibloggers who take the GOP to task from time to time should just "pipe down and let them correct course."

Here's the "course correction" of the day. According to the New York Times, Senate Republicans are calling for "Iraqi forces to take the lead next year in securing the nation and for the Bush administration to lay out its strategy for ending the war." No, that is not an error. It is, in fact, the Republicans doing this, not the Kennedy-led Party of Amnesia.

The proposal on the Iraq war, from Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, and Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, would require the administration to provide extensive new quarterly reports to Congress on subjects like progress in bringing in other countries to help stabilize Iraq. The other appeals related to Iraq are nonbinding and express the position of the Senate.

So, now that President Bush has at long last decided to re-engage and return fire on the Democratic Party cabal charging him with lies and purposeful distortions of intelligence to gain Congressional approval for the invasion of Iraq, we have the GOP immediately moving to undermine the White House by joining forces with those who think the global war on terror has no business having Iraq as a battle venue.

Nice to see Majority Leader Bill Frist doing his thing again -- caving in to the left-of-Left cabal controlling the Democratic Party, a cabal that regularly outwits and outfoxes him. What must our men and women in the Armed Forces be thinking now? Wonder what Polipundit thinks of this "course correction?"

HAT-TIPS: Richie Rich (as linked by Frank Laughter) and Lorie Byrd.

FOLLOW-UP: Power Line headlines a post with "Bush Lays The Wood To Terrorists, Democrats," pointing to the president's speech at Elmendorf Air Force base; but, what good does it do for the president to re-engage when his own party is undermining those efforts, as well as the GWOT, by their actions in the U.S. Senate?

FOLLOW-UP II: Here's the Associated Press (AP) piece on the determined effort in the United States Senate to "rein in some of the wide authority lawmakers gave the president following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks." The GOP senators are proudly carrying the seed pods handed to them by the Kennedy-Reid-led cabal. Can't wait for the next solicitation letter from the GOP for donations to "the cause."

FOLLOW-UP III: The Free Republic site provides contact information for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Senator John Warner (R-VA), and RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman. If you disagree with Polipundit that we ought to "pipe down" and allow Republican leadership to make their own "course corrections," then do take the time to make three important phones calls today!

FOLLOW-UP IV: Free Republic reports that Senate republicans defeated today a Democratic Party-led "effort to call for President Bush to outline a timetable for a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq." The vote was 58-40.

FOLLOW-UP V: Hugh Hewitt sounds appropriately unnerved over the resolution by Senate republicans and provides e-mail addresses for the key players, as well as the main Congressional switchboard number. As Hugh writes: "Suddenly we are back where we were when the Congress turned on the Vietnam War. Hopefully some Republicans will emerge to lead the fight against this ill-advised and deeply defeatist onset of the shakes."

FOLLOW-UP VI: Bryan Preston, guest-blogging at Michelle Malkin's site, writes of the GOP's Senate resolution: "Looking at this idea from a broader point of view, the GOPers surely had to know how the press would spin it. It looks for all the world like Republicans are busting a Republican president's knuckles over an issue that most Republican senators have been all too weak in defending."

FOLLOW-UP VII: Here's a Washington Post column by Dan Froomkin, with quotes galore from the MSM, to show you the upshot of what GOP Senators are doing to the president's credibility on the global war on terror. It's disgraceful.

EXTRA; EXTRA; READ ALL ABOUT IT: John Hawkins of Right Wing News reveals the kind of strange bedfellows coming out of the woodwork, pleased as they are with the Republican majority in the Senate wanting to pass the above-referenced resolution today. It's a MUST READ !!! (Yes, it's satire!)