NORQUIST: "What McCain has done is flip-flopped on the gun issue, on the tax issue. He used to be a Reagan Republican on taxes. He's voted against every one of President Bush's tax cuts. He voted for the first one before he voted against it, but he's voted against all of them."
"He used to be a critic of Kyoto, then he became a champion of Kyoto. He used to have the correct policy opposing campaign finance reform before the Keating 5 scandal and then he became a champion of restricting First Amendment rights."
"He's flip-flopped back and forth not because of where the American people are, but because of where the cameras are. And the challenge there, as an elected official who is -- the phototropism of going to the cameras is very damaging, from a conservative perspective, because that's unlikely to lead to conservative governance."
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Politics of Zarqawi:
The Zarqawi killing seems to have added to the Brooksian view at 1600 that they may just be on a roll.
"White House officials were ebullient yesterday during a senior staff meeting where Zarqawi's death was discussed. One participant voiced optimism that a string of favorable developments -- the possible stabilization of Iraq, an initial easing of tensions with Iran, and public appreciation for the U.S. economy's strength -- will continue," write Bloomberg's Keil and Rosenkrantz. LINK
Washington Post header: "After Zarqawi, No Clear Path In Weary Iraq" LINK
". . . now the American people have something to grab onto that may help make the war in Iraq seem winnable - a clear victory against an unambiguous, unmistakable evil," writes John Podhoretz in his New York Post column. LINK
Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times reports that although the President was pleased with the news of al-Zarqawi's death, he cautioned jubilance. Meanwhile pollsters Noted that his death brings "reprieve" for Republicans, but there needs to be "sustained good news." LINK
The Washington Times' Amy Fagan reports that while Democratic leaders came out in support of the effort to "destroy" Zarqawi, some Democrats dismissed the measure, claiming it was not that significant and was being used by the White House to draw attention from other issues. LINK
"'This insurgency is such a confused mess that one person, dead or alive at this point, is hardly significant,' said Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat. 'Our troops are no safer today than they were yesterday. And no American is safer today.'"
The Wall Street Journal's ed board sees the killing of Zarqawi as simply "an opportunity" and opines that for it to amount to a "turning point," the Maliki government -- backed by Bush and the US military -- would have to "go on the offensive in Baghdad and the Sunni Triangle."