"If Only It Had Been Crazy"
I can’t believe this paragraph actually made it to publication:
Nor are Democrats strangers to having their crazy uncles take center stage. During the run-up to the Iraq war, for example, Reps. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and David Bonior (D-Mich.) famously flew to Baghdad, where McDermott asserted that he believed the president would “mislead the American public” to justify the war. The trip made it a cakewalk for critics to describe the Democratic Party as chockablock with traitorous radicals.
Even in retrospect, going to Baghdad was a terrible PR strategy. And I’ll admit to being among those who, at the time, thought those three were crazy uncles. But guess what: I was totally wrong and the President really was misleading the American public to justify the war. Jim McDermott was totally right! Are we seriously still mocking him, seven years later, for having issued an accurate warning at a time when doing so was politically unpopular?