Adam Nagourney write today in the New York Times about the thought I expressed in my previous post, Hillarys Headache, namely, that the Democrats would be better positioned in 2008 if they come close but fail to capture either house of Congress in November.
As strange as it might seem, there are moments when losing is winning in politics. Even as Democrats are doing everything they can to win, and believe that victory is critical for future battles over real issues, some of the partys leading figures are also speculating that November could represent one of those moments.
From this perspective, it wouldnt be the worst thing in the world politically to watch the Republicans struggle through the last two years of the Bush presidency. Theres the prospect of continued conflict in Iraq, high gas prices, corruption investigations, Republican infighting and a gridlocked Congress. Democrats would have a better chance of winning the presidency in 2008, by this reasoning, and for the future they enhance their stature at a time when Republicans are faltering.