All summer long conservative talk show hosts would ask callers rhetorically, "You mean the Iraq spending bill John Kerry voted for before he voted against it?" They laughed it up all the way to the bank.
Those were dark days for democrats. A CNN poll over the weekend showed that only 34 percent of Americans favor the war in Iraq, and 64 percent are opposed. The LA Times is reporting that--in an obvious reaction to public sentiment--representatives Curt Weldon, from Pennsylvania, and Christopher Shays, from Connecticut, and senatorial candidates Thomas H. Kean Jr., of New Jersey, and Senator George Allen of Virginia (among others) are flip-flopping.
As democrats, we might forgive republicans for changing their minds on Iraq. We might commiserate with them because we know firsthand how changing your opinion can have political consequences. We might welcome them back to reality instead of trumpeting to the world what a bunch of spineless, vapid flip-floppers they are, but there's just that inescapable need for revenge.
You just don't turn around and give those kinds of savages a free pass back to safety. They had it good when times were good. Real good. They plundered, they corrupted the government, and they forked over our tax money to their buddies at Halliburton and Big Oil. They thought they'd never be held accountable to anyone but themselves. Not so anymore.
Suddenly prominent republicans are expressing doubts about Iraq, and saying that Bush isn't doing such a great job over there. I'm making a prediction. Every republican who even begins to change course on Iraq will loose this election. They will pay for flip-flopping in the last few weeks before Election Day. They can run, but they can't hide from the record. Their own words will cement their political doom. The republicans are back peddling, sidestepping and tripping over each other in frantic haste to save their own political lives, but nobody's buying it.