One of the most devastating aspects of the defections from the president’s own party is that the deserters aren’t deserting a sinking ship. Even Senator Lugar, as noted in today’s Opinion Journal, seems more influenced by the events in Washington than the effects of the surge:

“‘I do not doubt the assessments of military commanders that there has been some progress in security,’ Richard Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, declared on the Senate floor late last month. But that didn’t stop Mr. Lugar from concluding that its chances of success are ‘very limited.’ Why? The ‘short period framed by our own domestic political debate’ won’t allow it, he says. Instead, Mr. Lugar wants a ‘sustainable bipartisan strategy’ along the lines recommended in November by the Iraq Study Group. Last week, New Mexico’s Pete Domenici noisily joined this bandwagon, as have several other Republican Senators, some of whom face tough re-election fights next year.”

I haven’t seen such a media campaign since the press sweet talked Bush the Elder into raising taxes (“You can be a statesman….”). And we all know how that worked out for him. Opinion Journal says senatorial deserters on Iraq may also be shot-by voters:

“Republicans may think they can distance themselves from all this, but they’ll get no credit from voters if they contribute to an ugly outcome in Iraq. Their best prospect for making Iraq less important in 2008 is military progress that allows for a reduction in U.S. forces with honor and a more stable Iraqi government.”