But a leaked letter obtained today by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's (D-MD) office reveals that conservatives have formulated a strategy to avoid talking about the central question of the debate.
In the letter, leading conservative Reps. John Shadegg (R-AZ) and Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) inform their allies: "The debate should not be about the surge or its details. This debate should not even be about the Iraq war to date, mistakes that have been made, or whether we can, or cannot, win militarily." Shadegg and Hoekstra warn, if conservatives are forced to debate "the surge or the current situation in Iraq, we lose."
Instead, they write, "the debate must be about the global threat of the radical Islamic movement." The problem is they lose that debate too.
This ain't exactly hot news, but they've already lost, both Bush's War and in the court of public opinion, and they know it. What they're trying to do is keep people who already know it from finding out about it, and save their political asses and their cushy big-bucks jobs with the attendant power and perks.
You lost because you supported stupid criminals in an immoral adventure, assholes. There's not much left to save, so admit you're caning a dead horse and then STFU and let real people try to fix the fuckin' mess you've made.