Kansas Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) got some really bad news the other day.
Actually, it was good news—good news about Iraq. But good news about Iraq was bad news to Boyda, who listened just about as long as she could stand it to retired General Jack Keane’s testimony on surge-generated improvements in Baghdad during the last three months:
There is only so much you can take until we in fact had to leave the room for a while…after so much frustration of having to listen to what we listened to.
Why? The positive statements of Keane and his ilk—he had been to Iraq before the surge and then again recently, and was reporting that conditions for the people of that country have much improved—challenge the “reality” on which Rep. Boyda has come to rely. She says:
[Keane’s] kinds of comments will in fact show up in the media and further divide this country instead of saying, here’s the reality of the problem,” Rep. Boyda said. “And people, we have to come together and deal with the reality of this issue.”
Let me translate: Since Keane’s descriptions of what’s actually happening on the ground in Iraq challenge the prevailing MSM and Democratic narrative about that country, they cannot be uttered or disseminated. The antiwar narrative has, in Ms. Boyda’s eyes, become a “reality” that cannot be countered by anything as mundane as observation. It’s a variant of the old saying, “who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”
And why does Ms. Boyda see no good, hear no good, speak no good about Iraq? It seems that she previously perceived that as a nation we were getting close to “coming together” and voting to end the war by precipitously withdrawing, and this might spoil it all. Drat.