Sunday, April 30, 2006

Stop parrying and attack already.

Josh Marshall has some good advice for Democrats:
. . . [E]ngineering a confrontation with Iran is a key part of [the White House's] plan to resuscitate the president's dismal approval ratings in time to survive election day. . . . [T]he question we hear more and more from Democrats: how do we prepare for whatever it is Karl Rove has cooked up this election season? . . . [T]his is loser talk. The 'how will we defend ourselves' conversation is an example of the malady itself masquerading as the cure to the disease. . . . [Y]ou do everything you can to maintain the initiative. And that pretty much always means bringing the attack to the other side. . . . With respect to what's coming on Iran, what is in order is a little honesty . . . . The only crisis with Iran is the crisis with the president's public approval ratings. . . . The Iranians are years, probably as long as a decade away, and possibly even longer from creating even a limited yield nuclear weapon. . . . [T]he only reason to ramp up a confrontation now is to help the president's poll numbers. . . . This is a powerful message because it is an accurate message. . . . The period of peril the country is entering into isn't tied to an Iranian bomb. It turns on how far a desperate president will go to avoid losing control of Congress. Go to his heart. Go to his weaknesses. . . . [T]he man is a laughing stock, whose lies and failures are all catching up with him.

Iran evidently wants to keep the Republicans in control, as they just sent troops into Iraq in the north.
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