Check out this Arizona Daily Star article, passed along by reader Nathan:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the most stalwart supporters of the war in Iraq, said Thursday that he might propose that the Iraqi government meet certain benchmarks for the United States to continue its engagement.
Fellow senators and independent political scientists said McCain’s thinking reflected growing concerns within the Republican Party about the course of the war, and also might mark a turning point for the likely 2008 presidential contender, whose previous unconditional backing of the war may have hurt his prospects.
McCain said Thursday that he hadn’t yet decided on precise benchmarks. “They’d have to be specific, and they (Iraqi government officials) would have to meet them,” he said.
Asked what penalty would be imposed if Iraq failed to meet his benchmarks, he said: “I think everybody knows the consequences. Haven’t met the benchmarks? Obviously, then, we’re not able to complete the mission. Then you have to examine your options.”
That’s from January 2007. How is it any different from what Governor Romney said?
Answer: It’s not. And if the attacks we are seeing in Florida are how Senator McCain treats those who agree with him, how in the world can we expect him to — if elected president — convince those who don’t?
This, suffice it to say, is not what one would call leadership. It’s petty, it’s not based on the facts, and — as Bill Bennett said — he should apologize. So, in fact, should his new partner in crime,
aspiring vice-presidential nominee Governor Huckabee.