“The next big question is whether Obama’s left-wing base will allow him to see the war on terror through,” another Republican strategist said. “You have to assume there will be massive inertia among Democrats to pack up and come home from every outpost in the Arab world.”
And already, there were signs that Democrats and their allies used Sunday’s news to bolster that case.
“Politically, it’s an extraordinarily unique opportunity,” said Robert Greenwald, president of Brave New Foundation, the California-based liberal group behind the campaign Rethink Afghanistan, which produces anti-war Web videos and related petitions.
“President Obama is about to announce Osama Bin Laden is dead. Click ‘like’ if you think it’s time to get the troops home,” reads a Facebook posting by Greenwald’s group that drew nearly 2,000 supporters within 12 hours after it was posted.
In the end, however, many political professionals called for a temporary cease-fire as the country celebrates the death of its most hated enemy.
“We should have a moment of national celebration,” said Wilson, not usually known for his bipartisan spirit. “Put the politics aside for five minutes guys — and when I say it, that means something. This is a really great national moment, and I wouldn’t begrudge that to any president, Republican or Democrat.”
Joshua Miller, David M. Drucker and Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters in the Capitol after a speech on the Senate floor that accused the CIA of searching computers set up for Congressional staff for their research of interrogation programs.