Quote of the Day

On “Meet the Press” yesterday, the panel discussion turned to public confidence in government, and host David Gregory offered a noteworthy insight. (thanks to F.B.)

“I think that is a huge issue. I mean, I, I think, you know, the issue for President Bush was not just Katrina, but it was how the Iraq war turned out. I, I always thought people were not opposed to the Iraq war, they were opposed to failure. They don’t like when things don’t go well. If it had just gone well, it would have been a completely different reaction.”

So, the war in Iraq would have been more popular had it not been such a costly fiasco? Support would have been higher if the Bush/Cheney team hadn’t committed the worse foreign policy mistake in a generation?

“If it had just gone well, it would have been a completely different reaction.”

Well, sure.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.