It’s a huge, stunning shift in the polls that is undoubtedly going to shake up the 2008 elections.

From down 21 percent to now up by 6 percent the new polls (just released) show the swing in momentum, one that has been remarkable by the media’s silence on the matter. The tectonic swing in public opinion is taking place under radar and no one is talking about it.

So which candidate is it that has seen this singular 27 percent jump in the polls?

Barack or Hillary?

McCain or Romney?

It’s actually not a candidate at all to which I am referring, but instead, the startling results of a series of CBS News/New York Times polls on “the surge” of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Last September the media outlets most identified as being hostile to the missions of U.S. troops, the terrorist’s Tokyo Rose (New York Times) and publishers of fake documents (CBS News), were positively gleeful about the skepticism Americans had about “the surge.”

CBS News reported on its own poll this way: “Poll: Most Say Bush Iraq Plan Falls Short.”

The poll also found that despite optimistic assessments of the U.S. troop surge by Mr. Bush and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Americans are unconvinced that the surge is working.

Of course the media itself created this skepticism, with journalists joining Democratic politicians in telling Americans that our troops were “stuck in Iraq” and failing in their missions. Remember it was Senate Majority Loser Harry Reid who declared, “This war is lost” while the TV cameras were rolling.

But month after month of progress by U.S. and Coalition troops have managed to pierce through the lies of the liberal mainstream media, and the American people are learning the truth: Our troops are winning in Iraq.

While the September 2007 CBS/New York Times poll showed that more Americans thought “the surge” was making “no impact” (51 percent) than thought the surge was making things “better” (30 percent), the outlook today is much more promising.

The brand new CBS News/New York Times poll taken in the last several days shows just how much things have changed.

Today more Americas believe “the surge” is making things “better” (40 percent) than making “no impact” (34 percent). (A stubborn 12 percent of Americans actually think “the surge” is making things worse, which accounts for those mentally challenged types who have been donating money to Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich).

The same type of movement is being seen in other polls.

The most recent Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll finds that only 20 percent of Americans support troop withdrawals from Iraq “right away.”

CNN’s newest poll shows that 46 percent of Americans think that things are going either “very well” or “moderately well” for the U.S. in Iraq. That’s up significantly from last April when only 28 percent of respondents had positive inclinations on U.S. prospects.

Even the despicable cast of characters at the United Nations – who proudly stood in the way of U.S. efforts to eradicate terrorists from Iraq – are now changing their tune in light of the success of our troops.

As the Bloomberg News service reported this week: “Reduced Violence in Iraq Opens Way for Political Gains, U.N. Says.”

So, where are the leading Democratic candidates when it comes to championing the success of our troops? They are stuttering, gasping and grasping – for a way to ignore the news.

While Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have all repeatedly claimed that they “support our troops” even when opposing their missions, it has become clear that they are flat-out lying.

At a time when U.S. troops are making historic progress to bring peace to a region once crippled with terrorism and violence, stability and reconciliation for the Iraqi people is the prize the Democrats no longer value.

If this were a perfect world, 53-year-old Debbie Lee of Surprise, Ariz., would be able to stand before a bank of microphones under the klieg lights of a national televised debate by all the leading Democratic candidates.

The mother of fallen soldier Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy seal who was killed fighting the terrorists in Fallujah over a year ago, would have the opportunity to speak to Sens. Obama, Clinton, Edwards and yes, even the mental midget Dennis Kucinich.

“I have just returned from Iraq after spending two weeks in the war zone. I have seen myself where my son died and the stunning changes that have resulted in Iraqis who are now reporting insurgent activities, stopping the maiming and killing of innocent civilians and American troops.

“Please tell me why you won’t acknowledge that my son’s spilled blood has made a difference in securing our country?”

I think that we all know the answer to that question.

Democratic presidential candidates realize that if they congratulate our troops for their successful efforts in Iraq, the virulent, hate-filled ranks of their liberal, blame-America-first base will revolt against them.

And at the end of the day, politics and power are far more important to the Democratic nominees for president than is the blood of our soldiers in the name of freedom and security for all Americans.

Is this the hollow platform upon which the leaders of the Democrat party really wish to stand?

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