Oh, Right, That "Iraq" Thing
It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit. ...MissLaura is correct when she points out that a renewed Senate push on Iraq is coming.
It is frighteningly clear that Mr. Bush’s plan is to stay the course as long as he is president and dump the mess on his successor. Whatever his cause was, it is lost. ...
Continuing to sacrifice the lives and limbs of American soldiers is wrong. The war is sapping the strength of the nation’s alliances and its military forces. It is a dangerous diversion from the life-and-death struggle against terrorists. It is an increasing burden on American taxpayers, and it is a betrayal of a world that needs the wise application of American power and principles.
Also, Collins has her new campaign website up and running. Right now, it's just an (awkward and uncomfortable feeling) introductory video and, of course, a contribution link and e-mail sign-up. If you watch and listen to the video, three words you will not hear are "Republican," "Bush," and "Iraq." One word you will hear is "bi-partisan." Expect Collins to continue running from her record as the website gets further developed. And keep track of how often either "Republican" or "Bush" show up on her site. I'm guessing it will be pretty close to zero (save for "Republicans and Democrats" references).
Asked in a broadcast interview if he were ruling out an independent bid for the White House, the two-term senator said, "For right now I am. And what the world looks like next year, I don't know. But I have no plans to change parties or run for president as an independent." ...He is ruling out changing Parties and running for President as an independent. But, for those conspiracy theorists out there, that doesn't necessarily rule out running for Vice President (without changing his Party registration) on an independent ticket with unenrolled voter NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He also acknowledges his previous term-limit pledge and suggests that retirement from the Senate remains an option. Another instance of the more he speaks, the less he says.
"I also have said and said this when I first ran for the Senate after I got elected in 1996 that 12 years, two terms may be enough and that's another option," Hagel said.
"And then if there might be a place for me along the presidential road somewhere to try to have some influence and change the course of this country, then I'll look at that. But the decision needs to be made soon and I'll make it soon," he added.