Last year, Ken Mehlman was always appearing on different talk shows, but his message was always the same. He would constantly resort to his meme of “the Democrats are not unified”. It was becoming his greatest jab at the minority party.
Here we are in 2007 and now the tables are turned. In the House last week, we saw many of the Democrats “first 100 hours” legislation receive split Republican support. In the Senate, we now have about a dozen Republicans siding with Democrats on the troop surge.
I would really like to hear how Mehlman would try to spin this now. It sounds like the party he chaired is now the party that is not unified. If they were, then Mitch McConnell wouldn’t have to threaten to filibuster Kennedy’s resolution opposing the surge. If all the Democrats voted for it and all the Republicans voted against it, it would fail. 50 Democrats for, 49 Republicans against, Joe Lieberman against it, making it a tie, which is broken by Cheney.
It really sounds like another talking point has backfired in the face of the GOP. Of course now Republicans are defending it as “democracy in action”. Unless the definition of democracy has changed over the past few months, then they are admitting that Ken Mehlman was out lying to the American people on behalf of the Republican Party. Imagine that.