Jonathan, who unfortunately stopped blogging, poses a very interesting thought, something that has been on my mind all morning.
Wouldn't it be better for a Dem candidate to embrace the capture of Saddam and congratulate the Iraqi people and the coalition forces without making caveats?
If a single democrat put up on their website "Congratulations to our troops on the capture of Saddam Hussein" I would throw my full support behind that candidate. Unless it was Kucinich, he's a creepy dude.
It wouldn't be a support of Bush, it would be a support of our troops and an understanding that Iraq was important, and Hussein evil.
Just a simple "Congratulations" with no attendant Buts.
No "but this doesn't mean the mission is over"
No "but this doesn't vindicate the invasion"
No "but where are the weapons of mass destruction."
None of that. Just congratulations.
And then I would marshall whatever I could to help that candidate. And I bet a good number of warbloggers would, because it would show that whichever candidate it was is serious about foreign policy and the middle east mess, while having different social policies than Bush.
Won't happen, of course, because Democrats are stuck in the "Beat Bush" mentality instead of the "How should we run the United States" mentality. But still. It should.