Ed Driscoll

Make. It. Stop: The Sequel

Forget Al Qeada–Congressional Democrats are urging President Bush for a surge against his vice president:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday phoned President Bush to air her complaints over Vice President Dick Cheney’s comments that the Congressional Democrats’ plan for Iraq would “validate the Al Qaeda strategy.”

Pelosi, who said she could not reach the president, said Cheney’s comments wrongly questioned critics’ patriotism and ignored Bush’s call for openness on Iraq strategy.

“You cannot say as the president of the United States, ‘I welcome disagreement in a time of war,’ and then have the vice president of the United States go out of the country and mischaracterize a position of the speaker of the House and in a manner that says that person in that position of authority is acting against the national security of our country,” the speaker said.

If that sounds familiar, it’s not the first time that a prominent Democrat has asked the President to Make. It. Stop:

Early in 2004, after winning the nod as the Democrats’ candidate for the presidency, John Kerry boldly shouted to President Bush, “BRING. IT. ON.” But in August of 2004, Kerry ended up personally asking President Bush to…Make. Them. Stop–make the Swift Boat Vets stop attacking him. And you could argue that it was at this moment that Senator Kerry lost the election, because he couldn’t bother to defend his record in the wake of his former colleagues reminding modern voters of Kerry’s early 1970s duplicity while in the Naval Reserves. Instead, Kerry ended up whining about the Swift Vets’ opposition to his candidacy to his primary opposition, the incumbent president, inadvertently increasing President Bush’s stature as a result.

It’s also reminiscent of the reactions by the left to one of Karl Rove’s speeches in 2005, in which he said:

Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.

As Glenn Reynolds wrote back then, the left’s high dudgeon responses “just provide an excuse for Republicans to repeat every single stupid or unpatriotic thing that every Democratic politician ever said. And there are a lot of those”. And that list has only grown since exponentially.