Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Bush has lost the heartland

How long will it take for the Democratic leadership to acknowledge that Bush has lost the support he once enjoyed from all those "red" states in America's heartland?

Republican Senator Richard Lugar (pictured), from my home state of Indiana, has now conceded that we must begin to bring the troops home from Iraq. The Washington Post reports:

In an unannounced speech on the Senate floor Monday night, Sen. Richard G. Lugar Ind.), the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S. military escalation begun in the spring has "very limited" prospects for success. He called on Bush to begin reducing U.S. forces. "We don't owe the president our unquestioning agreement," Lugar said.

The harsh judgment from one of the Senate's most respected foreign-policy voices was a blow to White House efforts to boost flagging support for its war policy, and opened the door to defections by other Republicans who have supported the administration despite increasing private doubts.

Lugar's comments were follow by another heartland Senator, George V. Voinovich, a Republican from Ohio.

Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Bush yesterday urging the president to develop "a comprehensive plan for our country's gradual military disengagement" from Iraq. "I am also concerned that we are running out of time," he wrote.
And the comments just keep coming.
Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, praised Lugar's statement as "an important and sincere contribution" to the Iraq debate.
As Republican skepticism grows the question remains -- will the Democrats seize the day and use this momentum to finally pass legislation that will begin troop withdrawals any time soon?

Only time will tell.

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