For reasons passing understanding, I spent some time noodling about right-wing and militant libertarian sites today (beyond the couple that I normally follow), and man, if the things I've read pan out, the Democrats are screwed. I mean, we have no chance in 2004 anyway, but now in the course of fighting the good fight we're likely to be just plain bad Americans. The end result of all this, of course, is that Democrats will go the way of the Whig party, resulting in apparently a big Republican party and a few other smaller parties (this from a guy who, although unenthused at the prospect of emboldened Republicans, thinks that the key to salvation for the Democrats is to sound like Republicans).
But maybe it'll all turn out good for the Democrats after all, since we all know women tend to vote Democratic and we're all turning into women. Or something like that. Boo-yeah!
(Now, I've just read the released transcript of the memo, and maybe I'm either dense or naive or just plain dumb here, but the memo specifically says this, about a third of the way through:
In that regard we may have already compiled all the public statements on Iraq made by senior administration officials. We will identify the most exaggerated claims. We will contrast them with the intelligence estimates that have since been declassified.
Perhaps I'm misreading the stuff in the memo that comes afterward, where it refers to "intelligence issues" and whatnot, but the memo seems to imply that any inquiry along these lines will be based on intelligence that is already declassified. So, what's the big deal here?)