While Republicans like to huff and puff about personal responsibility - when it comes to actually being accountable for his votes enabling Bush's debacle of a war - Castle says "Look! a Stem Cell! Cute Aint it?" I have to hand it to Patrick Jackson though
. He at least for at least tried to get Castle on the record about the war. But Castle is nothing if not a smooth and slippery politician and for every direct question about the war Castle had a handy dodge or a clever non-response. Have the Republicans screwed up Iraq and let the Taliban off the hook in Afghanistan? "Us military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror are looming large on voter's minds." Do you agree with Bush that we are winning the war on terror? "The Democrats are trying to make this a referendum on the war, but I don't know if they can..."Do you regret supporting George Bush given the fact that he lied us into the war? "I have concerns about our rail and port security." A majority of Americans believe we should get out of Iraq - Do you? Illegal immigration is a big issue for voters"Castle has got more ducks than LUMS POND.
In a story that fittingly jumps to the obituary page, Jackson tries in vain to get a straight answer from Castle on the war. Instead of being a man
and admitting that he was taken in by George Bush, Castle gives a preview of how he will attempt to skate into November by not talking about the war.
All in all it is not a bad strategy. If the electorate is as sleepy as Castle seems to think they are - he might well be able to slip through with his clever dodges and red herrings.