Republican quote of the day
Republican congresscritters are doing the walkback on Iraq. But you can't take the Republican out of a Republican:
Republican lawmakers acknowledge that it is no longer tenable to say the news media are ignoring the good news in Iraq and painting an unfair picture of the war. In the first half of this year, 4,338 Iraqi civilians died violent deaths, according to a new report by the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq. Last month alone, 3,149 civilians were killed -- an average of more than 100 a day.
"It's like after Katrina, when the secretary of homeland security was saying all those people weren't really stranded when we were all watching it on TV," said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.). "I still hear about that. We can't look like we won't face reality."
So how many more have to die before the Republicans actually face reality, instead of trying to look like they're facing reality?
Here's my definition of reality: Bush giving McHenry a backrub.