Drudge links this piece from the Argus (SD) Leader in which several South Dakota Democrats praise President Bush’s handling of the war, most notably:

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said Bush deserved “great credit” for his leadership during the war and praised the work of the military. Days before the war began, Daschle had blamed Bush’s failed diplomacy for making the fighting necessary and was criticized for his remarks.

“In 21 days, we eliminated somebody who for 20 years has repressed and tortured his own people and posed a serious security risk,” Daschle said.

I also find it quite interesting that Tim Johnson, the state’s other Democrat Senator, has a son who is a sergeant with the 101st Airborne in Iraq. Not too many Senators have sons in the military, let alone in the enlisted ranks.

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  1. Daschle? Tom Daschle? Senator Tom Daschle? I nealy spit my drink all over my computer. I’d love to hear the reactions of the good folks in South Dakota.