This used to be a patented Democratic specialty, but it appears the Republicans are encroaching on our intellectual property:
The Republicans’ circular firing squad is now assembled. All that’s left is for someone — President Bush, House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) — to yell the appropriate command: "Fire!"...For my part, I hope the Republicans do sustain the veto. Not because I don't support SCHIP; I do, as does the vast majority of the American people. But because if the SCHIP expansion goes down, the likely democratic response will be to re-authorize the plan as it exists for a year, and bring it up again in October 2008.
So what advice would this Republican give his party’s Members of Congress? "If I were in a swing district, I’d vote to override. There’s no way I’d take a bullet on this. But if I were in a good Republican district, I’d vote to sustain the veto."
Those comments are not atypical of what many Republicans are saying.
One Republican Member of Congress I spoke with was just as explicit. "It’s stupid politics. The leadership is putting pressure on Members [to sustain the veto], promising to rebuild the brand. I don’t know why our guys are following [Bush] into the sea like lemmings." (from Roll Call)
Right. Before. The. Election.
In that case, either the Republicans and Bush roll over and hand the Democrats a major legislative victory immediately prior to the voting, or Bush repeats his petulant veto and the Republican circular firing squad sustains again, handing Democrats the perfect icon for branding conservative callousness in the election season.
Now if the Democrats can remember the old adage: When your opponent is drowning, throw the son of a bitch an anvil.