Very good points
Yes but their are on the way the voters see the war in Iraq. The following results are from the National Journal Poll conducted 08/17/06.
When asked if they thought the war in Iraq is part of the greater war on terror 53 percent of the likely voters said YES; only 42 percent said NO and 5 percent were undecided.
When asked if we should withdraw our troops from Iraq only 22 percent of likely voters said YES.
What does that say? Twenty of the 42 percent who think the war in Iraq is not part of the greater war on terror think Cut and Run is a bad policy. Cut and run has only 22 percent support among likely voters.
Those numbers have to scare anyone who is contemplating supporting Murtha. But on the other hand that 22 percent who wants to cut and run is about 55 percent of the Democrats who will vote in the primaries in 2008.
Murtha and perhaps an even larger number of Democrats face a problem with no solution. Cut and Run costs them the moderate Democrats and moderates needed to win. However Stay the Course costs them the liberal base that is needed to win.
What I think is this years big political story is being totally ignored by the media. The Democratic party is split down the middle. And taking either side loses the votes needed to win. Worst of all avoiding the issue will not be allowed by moveon.org. They are demanding that Democrats take a stand on a losing issue.
That is what you call a lose-lose situation.