“The cracking of Republican solidarity in support of Bush on Iraq has short-term implications for November’s elections and long-term implications for whether the administration can sustain its policies,” Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne wrote, noting how many GOP candidates who are in competitive elections, such as Rep. Chris Shays (in photo), R-Conn., are calling for a timetable for withdrawal or objecting to President Bush’s handling of the war. “With a growing number of Republicans now echoing Democratic criticisms of the war, Republican strategists will have a harder time making the election a referendum on whether the United States should ‘cut and run’ from Iraq, the administration’s typical characterization of the Democrats’ view.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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