The Big Dogs
- McCain took a shot at John Edwards on Don Imus' show yesterday. He responded to Edwards' recent labeling of the troop surge in Iraq as the "McCain Doctrine."
"I don't know if it is a doctrine or not, but it is a principle. . . I'm committing to accomplishing the mission. Maybe some others did not understand that when they voted to support the war," said McCain... Touche. H/T The Note
- No longer thinking that it's "government by gimmickry" as his staff indicated in 2002, Gov. Romney signs Grover Norquists "no new taxes pledge." this time around.
- And Dan Senor, advisor to Gov. Romney said that 10-15K troops may not be enough to stabalize in todays WSJ (password protected). And suggests more not less.
In light of the deteriorating situation in Iraq -- and the president's anemic poll ratings -- this may be his last opportunity to shift his Iraq policy for good. This means erring on the side of more troops, not fewer -- even if it is politically painful in the short run. If the president decides to add more troops, he will not score points at home for deciding on a smaller increase. Any size surge will be controversial. So he should go for a number that maximizes chances for success.
Gov. Romney has stayed out of the fray on the troops debate. If this is the tack he ends up taking that will bring a very interesting dynamic to this race.
Back with the line change shortly.