It’s too early to tell whether Howard Dean’s prediction of defeat in Iraq will turn out to be a major blunder that could cost him his DNC chairmanship, or just another Deanism that will be forgotten after a day or two. Yesterday, Republican spokesmen criticized Dean for his defeatism; they’ll have to keep it up, though, if they want to have any effect.
Their points were well taken, but the usually-reliable Ken Mehlman did suffer a momentary lapse:
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said: “It’s fairly extraordinary. I can’t remember any time in history where the leader of a national party . . . predicted America would lose a war we were engaged in.”
Mehlman told the same San Antonio radio station, “Imagine if we had said to Hitler in 1942 that in two years we’re going to pull out of Europe . . . Hitler would not have surrendered.”
Um, Hitler didn’t surrender. Nevertheless, the Republicans have the better side of the argument, and should continue to press it.