GOP Candidates' Achilles' Heels: Ask About Iraq
Why bother with cow-tipping when Republican-tipping is so much more fun? Ambushing Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio with the Iraq question is sort of like sneaking up behind a waiter who's carrying a huge tray full of dishes, and tickling him in the ribs.
Republican-tipping is not only fun; it's a way to start weeding out the dimmest and most clueless of the wannabes.
Jeb Bush had first said that based on the intelligence we had at the time (2003), he would have invaded Iraq. Then he sputtered that he had misunderstood the question; he would have done something different, or, uhh, er... And then finally:
“If we're all supposed to answer hypothetical questions, knowing what we know now, what would you have done? I would not have engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq.”
It depends on what the meaning of is is.
Later, Marco Rubio was asked the same question, and immediately transformed into a mass of incoherent blubbering. First, the Iraq invasion was a mistake based on what we know now. Next, it wasn't a mistake because “the world is a better place because Saddam Hussein doesn’t run Iraq.” And then, trying to get out of his self-dug hole by burrowing in even deeper, he blurted “based on what we know now, I wouldn’t have thought Manny Pacquiao was gonna beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in that fight a couple of weeks ago.”
Clearly, every White House wannabe needs to be asked the Iraq Question. Relentlessly. Mercilessly. At some point they'll come up with a boilerplate talking point for every candidate to recite verbatim.
And these teleprompted synchronized-swimming recitals will be just as entertaining as their “Uh, what I meant was” “I misunderstood the question” flailings.