There have been few examples of political hypocrisy as stark as what we’ve seen in the last few days from some of Washington’s most anti-war Democrats. At every turn, Democrats who built a political career out of opposing George W. Bush’s war in Iraq have been lining up to support Obama’s…war in Iraq.
Politico rounded up some of the worst hypocrites, starting with Kay Hagan. In 2008, Hagan said, “We need to elect leaders who don’t invade countries without planning and stay there without an end.”
My goodness, that’s rich. Today, fighting tooth and nail to hold on to her Senate seat, Hagan sounds like she’s undergone some kind of Face-Off type procedure. Strongly supporting airstrikes against ISIS, she accuses her Republican opponent of being weak against the threats brewing in the Middle East. “This is the time for us to come together, Democrats and Republicans, to face the challenges that are facing our nation.”
Not that I’m running Thom Tillis’ campaign strategy, but this feels like a fastball down the middle. If Tillis can gently point out that Hagan’s philosophy on fighting overseas militants is a 180 degree turnaround, perhaps voters can see through her transparent switch. Because what has changed? Is Hagan going to genuinely stand up and say that Obama’s strikes on ISIS have been better planned than Bush’s war in Iraq? Not even the most foolish liberal would buy that.
Well, maybe I spoke too soon. Because Hagan isn’t the only Democrat who has changed their tune in order to stay on the right side of the polls. Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley enjoyed a long stint in the House of Representatives largely because he was diametrically opposed to the war in Iraq. As recently as last August, Braley was among those politicians demanding that Obama get congressional authorization before sending the military into Syria.
Like Hagan, Braley’s sentiments have changed like the wind. In a debate on Sunday, he said, “ISIS is a threat that must be stopped.” Later, he expounded on that sentiment, claiming to have voted to give Obama limited authority “to begin strikes against those in Syria and Iraq.” This was made even more hilarious when reporters pointed out that he actually voted to arm Syrian rebels, not for the authorization of strikes. These politicians don’t even know what they’re doing half the time.
All too often in this country, politics become something more akin to the NFL than something that seriously affects the country. People root for the teams they like and change their opinions on virtually anything depending on who’s espousing them at the time. People on both sides are guilty of this kind of rah-rah, go team mentality, but these Democrat politicians are surely the worst. If you believe in something, at least stand up for that belief when it’s unpopular to do so.
But that’s the rub: Democrats only believe in power. And they’ll say anything to hold on to it.