John Cole already finds the left trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq. We can expect more of this sort of thing over the next few days — a successful democracy in Iraq might help Bush, and we just can’t have that. We’ll hear about how the turnout in the Sunni areas was too low (although first reports has it higher than expected), we’ll hear about how if the Shi’ite list emerges on top that it’s a step towards an Iranian-style theocracy even though Iraqi Shi’a are different from Iranian Shi’a and have embraced secularism as an organizing principle.
We’ll hear calls for us to pull out now that the elections have gone well, even though our job is done. Anything that might presage failure will be splashed across the news and the realities of the situation in Iraq will be ignored.
If one believed the mainstream media, these elections should have been a massive failure. They clearly were not. The people of Iraq have embraced democracy and have shown great courage. This is their day, and they should have it. The constant pessimism of those who would see Iraq fall for their own political ends (I’m looking at you, Senator Kennedy) have suffered as great a blow as has Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi.