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Reid Misplays His Hand: "War Is Lost" Comment Risks Ending Dems' Hot Streak
The New Republic ^ | May 2, 2007 | Thomas B. Edsall

Posted on 05/02/2007 1:34:28 PM PDT by presidio9

In my poker game, we split the pot between the "best" and "worst" hands — which encourages more people to stay in and to bet more so that, with the right cards and smart playing, there is a nice pile of chips to win. Consequently, every player's dream is to get dealt a two-way hand, one that wins both high and low.

Over the past two years, President Bush and his Republican colleagues have been dealing great hands to their Democratic adversaries. The Iraq war, Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Mark Foley, Randy Cunningham, Harriet Miers, Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzales, the RNC e-mail accounts. The great hands just keep coming. But card players know that you have good and bad runs. A key measure of a player is how well he or she maximizes profits from the winners and minimizes losses from marginal hands.

The same is true in politics. One person who ought to know this is the senior senator from Nevada, of all places, Majority Leader Harry Reid. But Reid took the winning Iraq card that the Bush administration dealt to him and proceeded to misplay the hand, telling reporters: "this war is lost."

What, you may ask, is wrong with that? Wasn't Reid simply making an accurate statement? Perhaps, but there are at least three things wrong with Reid's strategy. First and foremost, the Senate Democratic leader turned himself into the messenger of defeat, which of course quickly became the message itself: Republicans have been extraordinarily stupid in recent months, but they still know what to do if opportunity knocks. "When a top Democrat tells reporters he believes the war is lost," said House Minority Leader John Boehner, "he is telling American troops they have failed. And he is telling our enemies they have won.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: defeatocrats; harryreid
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1 posted on 05/02/2007 1:34:31 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Reid is a traitor to the USA. He can not possibly care for his country.


2 posted on 05/02/2007 1:41:33 PM PDT by tessalu
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I would say that this is true for just about any thing the socialist democrat party stands for....show US their true agenda/beliefs and they will loose. The socialist dems have been emboldened by their loony base and by not understanding the last elections....keep talking loony libs, keep talking.


3 posted on 05/02/2007 1:42:37 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: presidio9

I like shorter metaphors


4 posted on 05/02/2007 1:42:49 PM PDT by sure_fine ( not one to over kill the thought process)
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To: presidio9

Good article.


5 posted on 05/02/2007 1:43:08 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: presidio9
In my poker game, we split the pot between the "best" and "worst" hands — which encourages more people to stay in and to bet more so that, with the right cards and smart playing, there is a nice pile of chips to win.

Liberal Hold-My-Hand Poker?............

6 posted on 05/02/2007 1:43:58 PM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: presidio9
“Republicans have been extraordinarily stupid in recent months, but they still know what to do if opportunity knocks....”

Boy, this the truth. But I am not sure they know how to take advantage of this. The PR machine for the GOP is completely broken and inept.

7 posted on 05/02/2007 1:44:38 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Drive By Media is America's worst enemy and American people don't know it.)
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To: presidio9

Promising to lose will make one heck of a party platform for the `08 elections.


8 posted on 05/02/2007 1:45:06 PM PDT by SmithL (si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: presidio9

The first time this dirtbag opened his mouth was enough for me.Traitor!


9 posted on 05/02/2007 1:46:16 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: tessalu
"Reid is a traitor to the USA. He can not possibly care for his country."

Reid's al-Qaeda masters will have him in an orange jumpsuit soon for his latest failure...

10 posted on 05/02/2007 1:46:48 PM PDT by avacado
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To: The South Texan
-—they should be going after Reid as the traitor he is and putting Dianne Feinstein in the cell next to Randy Cunningham—
11 posted on 05/02/2007 1:49:31 PM PDT by rellimpank (-don't believe anything the MSM states about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: presidio9
From the article:

If Reid is right and the war is lost, he didn't lose it; Bush and his subordinates did.

Wrong. Reid and his divisive partisan fellow-travelers including in the US media did make the war much, much tougher than it would have been had the terrorists in Iraq seen a united domestic front in the US determined to beat them and to stick with the effort to liberate Iraq.

Reid, Pelosi and other Democrats claiming to be fit for leadership could have and should have acted responsibily and worked with the president to convince Americans to be patient in the effort, and to offer constructive criticism of where we were going wrong to try to bring about change. Their carping instead insured the administration dug in their heals at times rather than admitting to and fixing mistakes for fear of having their political enemies beat them over the head with them. A more constructive approach by the so-called Democratic leaders would have held the nation together on the war and likely caused our enemies to give up hope of ever prevailing in Iraq. Instead, our enemies heard the disloyal American political opposition say "Spill more US blood and we'll help dispirit the American public." The terrorists gladly complied.

The terrorists were shown by Reid and the lock-step partisans of the Democratic party and US news media that we didn't have the stomach for a tough fight. So the terrorists made sure to give us one thinking based on the divisive, angry rhetoric of the Democrats which ripped the nation apart that they could beat us politically when they could never beat us militarily. Had Al Qaeda in Iraq seen the nation united and determined, I'm convinced they'd have given up Iraq long ago.

No, quite to the contrary of what the writer claims, if this war is lost it will have been on the back of Democratic efforts to divide the nation on the war which emboldened our enemies, all for the purpose of cheap political gain and to give vent to their endless determination to damage the president. Unseemly at best, treasonous at worst.

12 posted on 05/02/2007 1:53:07 PM PDT by MikeA (The US news media are the Democratic Party's organ grinder monkeys.)
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The stupid, and it really was stupid, comment from Reid, combined with the Surrender Vote and Bush’s subsequent VETO is causing a lot of embarrassment for the oh-so-smart Dems.

I predict that soon, Reid or some other Dem will do something or say something really outrageous to distract from their ineptness.


13 posted on 05/02/2007 1:54:10 PM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: presidio9
Wasn't Reid simply making an accurate statement? [that the war is lost] Perhaps...

Even this writer doesn't get it. The idea that the United States Military can "lose" a war against a handful of savages blowing up civilians is ludicrous. We can't possibly "lose" the war. We can only quit. Those are the terms Republicans should be using against dems. They're quitters, pure and simple. It's utterly impossible for us to "lose".

14 posted on 05/02/2007 1:55:36 PM PDT by narby
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We can't possibly "lose" the war. We can only quit. Those are the terms Republicans should be using against dems.

Actually, I have been sort of expecting Fred Thompson to say something like this for some time now. The other Republicans seem too timid to do it.

At the moment, Fred seems to be focusing his soundbites on domestic issues.

15 posted on 05/02/2007 2:00:46 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9
What hot streak? The democrats have yet to pass what they thought to be the easiest legislation which is to raise the minimum wage.
16 posted on 05/02/2007 2:02:31 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: The South Texan
In order to have a PR machine you need a media on your side. 90% of the media belong to the democrats, period.

Guys you need to stop being obsessed with this PR machine crap, it is really overrated, it is consuming so much energy and it is making you totally depressed and ineffective. Yesterday we saw one man defeating 269 traitors with a stroke of a pen, that is power, and thank you very much Founding Fathers.

17 posted on 05/02/2007 2:06:02 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: presidio9

bttt!


18 posted on 05/02/2007 2:08:15 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: presidio9; All
Reid even REPEATED his mantra today to the press after his meeting with Pres. Bush: "the war is lost". He did so SEVERAL TIMES! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
19 posted on 05/02/2007 2:09:30 PM PDT by TheRobb7 (Liberalism exists to silence people who don't agree.)
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To: presidio9

Good article, thanks for posting.

SZ


20 posted on 05/02/2007 2:10:08 PM PDT by SZonian (Fighting Caliphobia one detractor at a time)
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