Via Ambinder. By the end of the campaign, these soundbites will be as familiar as Romney defending legalized abortion and opposing “Reagan/Bush” in 1994. Explaining that Maverick’s promises of an “easy” victory extended to the initial invasion and not necessarily to an occupation won’t cut much ice, especially paired with clips of Obama’s pre-war warnings of Sunni/Shiite discord, but that’s how the debate will shape up so we might as well prepare for it. Besides, we have some ammo too: Every new sign of AQI in distress is an occasion to revisit the left’s leading lights calling months ago for Bush to abandon Iraq to its fate.

Needless to say, in this as in all things, running against Hillary (who voted for war) will be much easier than running against the Messiah.