posted on Feb, 5 2007 @ 09:43 AM
Originally posted by xpert11
On the Republican side who else is as well known and not some how connected to the mess in Iraq ?
The short answer is that there is nobody else in ranks who would be 'presidential' at this time.
If you watch the news this week, you're going to see a lot of political bets being made. The release of the latest Iraq NIE has pretty much cast the
die for the 2008 race. Candidates must now be firmly for or against the war. Hillary got a jump on eveyrone last week by delcaring that she would
bring the troops home if they are still in Iraq when she takes office.
Let's look at this in raw non-partisan terms for just a moment. The NIE is out and it says, "civil war."
Today marks the start of Bush's new operation
around Baghdad. It's time for everyone who wants to be President to place their bets.
McCain can't do anything else at this point except let it ride. He's too closley linked to the administation and to the war. As much as the
average guys supports the idea of the war in Iraq, they're fed up with the way it's being run. Military analysts across the board are in general
agreement that this change in plan is a good idea, but it's too little too late. In this matter, Republicans will be guilty by association.
So, what does Rudy do? He's not on record as having said much about the war. If he recatns and comes out strongly against the administration, he'd
lose what little backing he has. GOP insiders might agree with him, but they wouldn't dare say so in public. The time has passed for Republcans to
change theri bets on this horse race. The majority of people have been able to get past the WMD thing, but they can't stand a poorly run war. THAT
is why the Republicans will lose.