Murtha Doctrine Not Polling Well
Democrats fumed last week at Vice President Cheney's suggestion that criticism of the administration's war policies was itself becoming a hindrance to the war effort. But a new poll indicates most Americans are sympathetic to Cheney's point.
Seventy percent of people surveyed said that criticism of the war by Democratic senators hurts troop morale -- with 44 percent saying morale is hurt "a lot," according to a poll taken by RT Strategies. Even self-identified Democrats agree: 55 percent believe criticism hurts morale, while 21 percent say it helps morale.
The poll was conducted by a bi-partisan organization:
The results surely will rankle many Democrats, who argue that it is patriotic and supportive of the troops to call attention to what they believe are deep flaws in President Bush's Iraq strategy. But the survey itself cannot be dismissed as a partisan attack. The RTs in RT Strategies are Thomas Riehle, a Democrat, and Lance Tarrance, a veteran GOP pollster.
The dem strategy of promoting the "Murtha Doctrine of Defeatism" is a loser and it was the dems last shot at making political points on Iraq prior to serious improvements in Iraq via the elections and troop reductions occuring because we can and its the right time, not because we have fallen to the defeatist ideology of the left.....................
I guess David Sanger & Thom Shanker of the NYT have not seen the latest polling data:
Or perhaps they have and it simply does not fit their agenda in reporting..........