House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party's efforts to press for a timetable to end the war....of late there have been signs that the commander of U.S. forces might be preparing something more generally positive. Clyburn said that would be "a real big problem for us."Hat tip The Spies of Salamander.
**The Salamander Postulate states that many have so much invested politically and emotionally in defeat that they have reached the point where their success is based on national failure. If victory seems likely - they will do all they can to ensure defeat to avoid political damage that would derive from victory. They have become loyal only to their own power.