Two speeches by U.S. Senators frame the dilemma that will dominate next year’s elections – for Rove and for Democrats.
First, John McCain spoke out about what he sees as looming disaster in Iraq. But his solution is different: more troops, not withdrawal.
Then John Kerry weighed in to demand – as have a handful of Republicans, including NC Congressman Walter Jones – a deadline for troop withdrawals.
No matter what Rove does and no matter what the newly energized Democrats do, the 2006 elections will ride on what’s happening in Iraq.
But – right now – the American people don’t trust either party when it comes to what to do in Iraq.
Bush, Cheney, Rumfeld, et al are discredited because they led us into a war on the promises we’d find WMDs and be greeted as liberators.
But Democrats don’t have any leader with the credibility to offer an alternative.
In effect, Americans know what’s wrong with both parties’ solutions. They believe it would be a mistake to just pull out. And they believe it’s a mistake to stay put. But they don’t know what’s right.
John McCain certainly has credibility. But are voters willing to swallow his medicine?