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The Politics of Victory: Nine Phone Calls, Nine Faxes, Nine E-mails

Sunday, January 28, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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One reader been hearing from anti-pledge folks that the “politics” of opposing Biden/Warner/McCain are self-destructive.  (Meanwhile, the pledge signers have now crested  27,500.) This is quite simply incorrect, at least for Republicans, and especially for Republicans serious about national leadership.  He writes:

Look at the poll results over the past few weeks, and it becomes very clear what the Republican base wants:

CBS 1/11/07

http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/CBS_poll_bush_speech.pdf

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31

63

Democrats

14

12

Independents

23

68

Republicans

62

32

Pew Research Center 1/16/07

http://people-press.org/reports/pdf/301.pdf

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31

61

Democrats

12

82

Independents

31

62

Republicans

60

33

LA Times / Bloomberg 1/17/07

http://www.latimes.com/media/acrobat/2007-01/27427417.pdf

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36

60

Democrats

12

86

Independents

32

62

Republicans

73

25

Moderate Republicans

67

32

Conservative Republicans

75

23

It’s not even a close call. Republicans as a whole — not just “the base” — overwhelming favor the President’s approach. So I am utterly baffled why the leadership thinks it is politically wise to pursue a strategy of undermining the effort. If they think that the Democrats and Independents who oppose the war are suddenly going to look at a Republican who supported it for three years and then voted for a weasely non-binding resolution second-guessing the President’s strategy and say “Oh! He’s seen the light, I’ll vote for him now instead of that Democrat who’s agreed with me all along on the war” — they’re delusional.

The only way to win the political battle in 2008 is to actually win the war in Iraq, so it stops being such a negative. And like it or not, the surge strategy is the only game in town that has any possibility whatsoever of improving matters over there.

As Dean has noted, even if the Republicans had fled the victory party en masse, still a no vote on these resolutions encouraging the enemy would be the right thing to do.  But Republicans have not given up on victory, only some Republican senators. The Senate leadership should simply announce it opposes all resolutions until the new general and the new tactics have time to work.  If the leadership cannot hold the caucus togethe, they won’t be to blame.  But they don’t want to be complicit in the passage of any resolution.

First thing in the morning, call, fax, or write Senators McConnell, Lott, Kyl, Ensign, McCain, Warner, and Cornyn –the seven senators at the center of the debate, and Senators Gordon Smith of Oregon and Norm Coleman of Minnesota, who are both standing for-re-election in blue states and getting one-sided noise from the anti-war voters in their states.  Urge them to refuse cloture on all resolutions.  Urge them as well to enter this week’s debate demanding support for the troops and a rejection of the resolution dance that, according to General Petraeus and Secreatry Gates, ecourages the enemy.

Senator McConnell: Phone: (202) 224-2541 Fax: (202) 224-2499E-mail here.

Senator Lott: Phone: 202-224-6253 Fax: (202)-224-2262 E-mail here.

Senator Kyl: Phone: (202) 224-4521 Fax: (202) 224-2207 E-mail here.

Senator Ensign: (202)-224-6244 Fax: 202-228-2193.  E-mail here.

Senator McCain:  Phone: (202)-224-2235 Fax (202)-228-2862.  E-mail here.

Senator Warner: Phone: (202) 224-2023 Fax: (202) 224-6295. E-mail here.

Senator Cornyn:  Phone:202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856. E-mail here.

Senator Smith: Phone: 202-224-3752 Fax: 202-228-3997. E-mail here.

Senator Coleman: Phone: 202-224-5641 Fax: 202-224-1152.E-mail here.

Nine phone calls.  Nine faxes.  Nine-emails.  Igt will take less than an hour on Monday morning.  Supporting victory deserves at least an hour of your time.

 

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