The war is over!
The Democrats are trying to take control of the Congress by running on an issue that Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg says is the sixth most important to voters in the coming elections: corruption in Washington.
As a party, they're not going to be able to come up with a unified position on the issue that's most important -- the war in Iraq -- so many Dems won't focus on it. They'll talk about healthcare and jobs, but not the open-ended occupation of Iraq (of course they're related; we're spending $5 billion a month -- not including reconstruction -- in Iraq and Afghanistan).
Consider that while handicapping the 2006 midterms.
(The data raises an important question. Does it really indicate that voters think corruption is way down on their list of problems, or does it reflect the fact that many feel that neither party is capable of tackling it? And to what degree is it an indication of how tough it is for Dems to frame our national debates, given that they've been talking about the "culture of corruption" for over a year now?)
According to several recent polls -- Greenberg's included -- a majority of voters a) think Iraq was a mistake and want to see the U.S. out and b) don't want to leave Iraq until stability has been established. It's a bit schizophrenic (and assumes that creating a stable and pluralistic government in Iraq is within our power).
Perhaps the way to reconcile those views is by shifting the rhetoric of withdrawal.
Thom Hartmann thinks so, and he proposes that it's time to declare victory in the war on Iraq: