Listening to these halfwit Republican Senators on C-Span, I just can't suppress my shock and awe that so many unthinking Republicans are duped by Karl Rove's rhetorical "talking points". None of them will stand the logical scrutiny of your average [non-Republican] eighth grader. "Fight THEM there OR fight them here?" "If we leave, THEY'LL follow us home?" First Rove wheels out a smirking Bush to hang out his latest obfuscating rhetorical shingle. If it seems to throw anyone (e.g., media toadies, see Judy Miller) off-balance, it's immediately circulated to members of Congress as the Talking Point du jour. Does anyone imagine that we're fighting a few dozen Al Quaeda terrorists in Iraq, and that as long as we keep them "fully engaged", well, darn, they'll all just have to stay there to fight us, and none can be spared to try to infiltrate the U.S.? Oh, and if we withdraw troops from Iraq, those self-same few dozen folks, rather than luxuriate in having gained themselves a country (courtesy of Bush) in which to train, recruit and proliferate, will hop on the next 747 and "carry the fight" to our shores? "Points" such as this, which cleverly sometimes seem to have a kernel of "truth" to them, are not aimed at befuddling Democrats or other thinking persons. They're cynically concocted to be parroted by Dummy Republicans. And, even after over four years of abject failure in Iraq, we still hear them. It's all the Dummies have left.