Ruy Teixeira thinks he knows how Democrats can make a "simple, common sense statement of a case for a change of leadership that both democratic base voters and disillusioned Bush voters can easily accept and which the opinion data clearly indicate a solid majority of American voters can support." How? By criticizing Bush as too stubborn to realize he'd made a mistake-- not necessarily by going into Iraq, but by the way he went in. I disagree with that assessment. (To the extent that we made a mistake in Iraq, I think it was in embracing the "Pottery Barn Rule." No, we didn't break it, Saddam did. And we don't own it.) But this is the problem for Teixeira: what's the use (for Democrats) in convincing America we need a change of leadership now? The election is over. There won't be another change of presidential leadership until 2008. And then there's sure to be one, it's just a question of new Democrat president or new Republican president. So I don't see the electoral advantage to Democrats in attacking Bush's character flaws, even if they succeed. What Democrats need to do, rather, is to adopt a new political philosophy, by co-opting some Republican ideas and themes. Like Clinton did.