The testimony of General Petraeus and the subsequent rallying of wavering Republicans to President Bush's strategy for unending war in Iraq have been an unmitigated disaster for this country, the war on terror, and the brave men and women who are carrying on this war on behalf of all of us.
But it's not all bad, the good news according to Bob Novak is that these events have darkened Republican prospects in the 2008 election.
The failure of the Petraeus report to significantly alter the political climate on Iraq is bad news for Republicans in the 2008 campaign. The assessment by GOP insiders is that continued casualty lists in the election year will be fatal. President George W. Bush's statement offered little hope for relief.
In fact, some are now speculating that Democrats are now within striking distance of a filibuter-proof majority in 2008. First, we have the expected turnovers:
Virginia - Gov. Mark Warner looks set to take the retiring John Warner's seat.
Colorado - Congressman Mark Udall is well-positioned to snag the retiring Wayne Allard's seat.
New Hampshire - Challenger Jean Shaheen is leading incumbent John Sununu.
Minnesota - Challenger Al Franken is gaining on incumbent Norm Coleman.
That gets us to 55. So where do we get the remaining 5? Well, it's not impossible.
Nebraska - former Senator Bob Kerrey will be a strong challenger for retiring Chuck Hagel's seat.
Maine - incumbent Susan Collins could be in trouble because of her support for the Iraq war.
Oregon - incumbent Gordon Smith could be in trouble for the same reason.
That's 58. Now we need two big upsets. Here are the possibilities:
Kentucky - incumbent Mitch McConnell hasn't been polling all that well.
Alaska - incumbent Ted Stevens has a cloud of scandal hanging over his head and may retire.
New Mexico - same for Pete Domenici.
North Carolina - incumbent Elizabeth Dole could be vulnerable to a strong challenger.
Admittedly, a filibuster-proof majority is a longshot but these scenarios are not too far-fetched. This will become much less of a longshot if Bush's Iraq War policy remains unchanged by the time the 2008 election rolls around. In addition, if the economy runs into a recession then incumbents of all stripes are more vulnerable and the Republicans have 22 to defend compared to just 12 for Democrats.
In short, I am really liking what I'm seeing so far. I'd rather be us than them.
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