AN AWKWARD SPOT FOR NANCY PELOSI:
Another Congressional Democrat has shifted his views on Iraq to support from opposition — and this change has significance. Rep. Brian Baird, one of the Democrats who voted against the authorization to use military force in 2002, has now returned from Iraq convinced that we need to give General David Petraeus more time. . . . Baird made it plain that his change of heart is based on two very clear criteria. One, a pullback would devastate Iraq and be catastrophic to the region and our national interests. Primarily, though, Baird believes that Petraeus has made real progress. He does not want to pull out while success can still be achieved.
The trash-Petraeus campaign may have waited too long to get off the ground.
UPDATE: Jules Crittenden: “That non-veto-proof margin is shrinking. Anyone care to hazard a guess where itâ€™ll be by mid-September?”