by Rod D. Martin
November 20, 2006
The Washington Post reports this morning that Democrats have already thrown out one of their most-repeated campaign promises: to fully implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Key sources on the Hill report that that idea is an absolute dead letter, more than a month before the new Democrat majority even takes office.
Don’t get us wrong: we’re not enamored of all of the Commission’s recommendations either. Much of the Commission’s work was distinctly flawed.
It’s just that Democrats spent the past three years beating George Bush to death with the Commission’s report, condemning him as “incompetent” and even unconcerned about the War on Terror because he (and Republican Congressional leaders) would not immediately do every single thing the Commission suggested. Indeed, as the Post states:
It was a solemn pledge, repeated by Democratic leaders and candidates over and over: If elected to the majority in Congress, Democrats would implement all of the recommendations of the bipartisan commission that examined the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. “The Democrats pledged to implement all the remaining 9/11 reforms, not some of them,” said former representative Timothy J. Roemer (D-Ind.), who served on the commission.
It will be interesting to see whether the media — not to mention certain extremely liberal 9/11 widows we’ve come to know and love — take up this hue and cry with the same vehemence they did against Bush. Don’t hold your breath.
But this much is certain: the Democrats who ran on a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-church message this year to get elected are already throwing out promises their promises before taking office. Anyone hoping that their new messages would survive the transition was smoking (and maybe inhaling) the same stuff they are.