Not so much, now that the Commander-In-Chief is a Democrat. At about the time Navy SEALs were parachuting into the Indian Ocean, Newt Gingrich was Twittering:
the navy has plenty of resolve It is the white house that is confused
Newt Twittered, of course, with no knowledge of operational realities. Anyone with a lick of sense knows that operations of this sort are undertaken quietly, with spokesmen on camera making placating noises while hard resources are brought to bear on the point of conflict. Newt could have kept his mouth shut while the drama played out, protecting both his own reputation and showing the same solidarity with and support for the CINC he demands when the White House is in Republican hands. Instead, like just about everyone else on the right, he spent the whole weekend bitching about President Obama.
clearly assume we've all got really short memories. They act as if none of us can remember what happened over the last eight years. Every time a Democrat criticized President Bush, the Republicans accused "defeatocrats" of being on the side of the terrorists. And every time Democrats wanted to exert political control over military activities, Republicans howled that control should be left with commanders in the field.
So here they are with a real-time trail of complaints about the President while a military operation is taking place, and when the operation goes brilliantly they compound their humiliation with after-action bitching that the President was feckless because he left operational decisions to
his commanders in the field rather than providing assertive leadership from the White House.
My question is: do Republicans think the road back to relevance is paved with obvious hypocrisy? Because, apparently, Newt does, and he's supposed to be one of the smart ones.