that GOP message discipline has broken down. The breaking point: Support for Bush's failed war and his catastrophic failure of a Secretary of Defense. The New York Times reports that New Jersey senate contender Thomas Kean, Jr. has joined the ranks of GOP candidates calling for Donald Rumsfeld to resign:
Still, Mr. Kean’s call for Mr. Rumsfeld to step down comes as more Republicans are distancing themselves, however gingerly, from Mr. Bush and an unpopular war.
In the past I have theorized that Castle would try to skate into November without mentioning the war. This type of news makes that strategy untenable.
He'll either have to continue to support Bush with his announcement speech or head for the hills. It is my sincere hope that he will have an attack of integrity and face reality.