"MARK SHIELDS: That's right. But what we have not seen is the longstanding political momentum or traction gained from the capture of Zarqawi, from the elections in Iraq, and all the rest. So I think that's the question that remains politically at home.
MARGARET WARNER: Do you see it that way, at least short-term advantage Republicans?
DAVID BROOKS, Columnist, New York Times: I guess so. I guess, short term, disadvantage politicians. I mean, I think what struck a lot of people about what happened this week was that they had arrested the guys at 2:00 a.m., and by 2:05, the Democrats and Republicans are issuing highly partisan attacks on each other.
And it was just -- you know, give it a day. Let people throw out their toothpastes. And so I think that was just over-political. Give us a break for a day."
* bobo on lehrer:
"DAVID BROOKS: The Republican argument will be, "We were attacked by it. We have this enemy, this big enemy of Islamic fascism. We were attacked, and our philosophy has always been: Let's take the battle to them."i love lehrer - partly because it's the best i've got (outside of the beeb's hardtalk) - but also cos it's a classic demonstration of 'the best we've got.' - the concept of bobo being (half of) the resident brains trust is so absurd. the text above probably doesnt do justice to the fact that he is actually defending 'pedal-to-the-metal' - and with a shrug of the shoulders kinda acknowledges that 'hey - it didnt work - but at least we killed 200,000 people in our attempt. no harm, no foul.'
"We are taking it to them. We tried in Iraq, and it didn't work. But we are still the pedal-to-the-metal guys when it comes to fighting these people. And we're the pedal-to-the-metal guys when it comes to surveillance, attacking. Everything, we try to do everything. And so trust us in the long run, because we're the pedal-to-the-metal guys.""