Daily Blog Buzz: Pro-Surge Pelosi?
2:02 PM, May 19, 2008 • By SAMANTHA SAULT
Yes Nancy, the surge is working.
Is Speaker Nancy Pelosi now pro-surge? After her "surprise visit" to Iraq, bloggers wonder if she is finally coming to terms with reality.
As Goldfarb noted yesterday, "According to the AP, she 'welcomed Iraq's progress in passing a budget as well as oil legislation, and a bill paving the way for the provincial elections in the fall that are expected to more equitably redistribute power among local officials.'" Hot Air's Ed Morrissey adds that "Pelosi sounded like General David Petraeus, although I doubt the suspension of disbelief was all that willing." And Steve Gilbert at Sweetness & Light reminds us that just a few months ago, Pelosi was calling the surge a "failure."
Why the change of heart? Scott at Flopping Aces explains that progress is "so undeniable now that even people who support the troops but not their efforts, people who want success but oppose the war can no longer ignore the fact."
At Contentions, Abe Greenwald has some questions for Pelosi: "Does this mean that the surge worked? And if so, does this mean Pelosi-gasp!-disagrees with Barack Obama, who has been against the surge from its inception?" Townhall's Carol Platt Liebau hopes Pelosi's rhetoric will be the same once she gets back to the Hill. But Power Line's Paul Mirengoff thinks this new rhetoric may cause some problems for the Speaker: "acknowledging this much progress is dangerous for those who advocate our withdrawal since (a) the public may be less enthusiastic about pulling out entirely if it thinks we're succeding and (b) in the event of serious deterioration post-withdrawal, it will be clear that we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory."