John Feehery: Speaking Engagements


Worst Case Scenario

Posted on July 27, 2008


            For Congressional Democrats, their worst case scenario has been realized.  The Associated Press is reporting that we are winning in Iraq.


From the AP wire “BAGHDAD (AP) - The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost. 

'Limited, sometimes sharp fighting and periodic terrorist bombings in Iraq are likely to continue, possibly for years. But the Iraqi government and the U.S. now are able to shift focus from mainly combat to mainly building the fragile beginnings of peace - a transition that many found almost unthinkable as recently as one year ago.'”


            Don Stewart from Mitch McConnell’s office helpfully provided this compendium of famous Democratic quotes about the surge, which helped us win.: 


SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “The Surge Is A Bad Idea.” (Sen. Harry Reid, Press Conference, 01/05/07)


SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV) & REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): “[T]he Escalation Has Failed To Produce The Intended Results.”  (Sen. Harry Reid And Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Letter To President George W. Bush, 6/13/07)


SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “…The President’s Strategy Will Not Work.” “What was striking to me in listening to all the testimony that was provided, was the almost near unanimity that the president's strategy will not work.” (Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 01/24/07)


SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA): “I Tell You What: I’m Confident It Will Not Work.” (Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 01/24/07)


SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE): “The Surge Has Not Worked And Will Not Work.” “The surge has not worked and will not work because its basic premise – to give time for a strong central government to take hold – is fatally flawed.” (Sen. <>  Biden, Press Release, 06/01/07)


SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE): “Why Do We Want To Stop The Surge? We Don’t Agree With The Mission.” (Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 01/24/07)


SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “I Don’t Believe That’s [A Surge] The Answer To Our Challenge In Iraq.” “The word surge has been carefully chosen. It has a temporary quality to it. I don't know what the president will propose in specific terms, but if it means sending 20,000, 30,000 more American troops, I don't believe that's the answer to our challenge in Iraq.” (Sen. Richard Durbin, Press Conference, 01/05/07)


SEN. RUSS FEINGOLD (D-WI): “The Surge Has To Be Stopped. It is a reckless, almost mindless approach to a desperately difficult situation. And so we have to look at all options.” (Fox News’ “Special Report With Brit Hume,” 01/08/07)


SEN. CHRIS DODD (D-CT): “I Think The Evidence Is Clear,” The Surge Is Not Working.  “It Is Not Happening, And It Will Not Happen.” “As much as I wish we were able to secure Iraq ourselves, that the surge would work, or that our military presence in Iraq would bring about the compromises necessary, I think the evidence is clear it is not happening, and it will not happen.” (Sen. Dodd, Congressional Record, S.6097, 05/15/07)


SEN. CARL LEVIN (D-MI): “It’s A Failure…” Q: “Would you call the surge a failure at this point?” SEN. LEVIN: “Well, it's a failure in terms of not achieving what its goal needs to be, which is a political settlement.” (Sen. Levin, Conference Call, 04/20/07)


REP. JACK MURTHA (D-PA): “I’m Absolutely Convinced That Right Now The Surge Isn’t Working.” “I've been hearing this month after month and I'm absolutely convinced that right now the surge isn't working and I'm convinced that if they don't pay attention to what I'm saying and a lot of other members of Congress are saying they're going to have a disaster on their hand because the American public wants the troops out of Iraq.” (ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos, 06/03/07)  



House Majority Whip James Clyburn famously said last year that a positive report by General Petraueus on the war would be for House Democrats “a big problem.


            Winning the war is even a bigger problem.


            Democrats have been so invested in failure that they can’t comprehend victory.  Well, victory is at hand according to the Associated Press.  How will they handle this bit good news.  Probably try to ignore it and the start talking about something else, is my guess.