If You Win, You Lose

Atrios says what should obvious to every presidential candidate :

If I were a Democrat running for president I wouldn’t be looking forward to inheriting this mess and would be working to end it sooner, not later.

It’s sad that candidates like Obama and Clinton aren’t willing to lead on withdrawing from Iraq when they’re the two most likely to get stuck cleaning up Bush’s mess. If a Democrat gets stuck having to be the President that pulls out the troops, they’ll be turned into a right-wing caricature of the “cut and run” liberal who’s afraid to finish the job. Stop listening to 2004’s poll numbers and say what everyone’s thinking but the President : “This war needs to end.”