September 28, 2004

Counterfactuals Begone!

Ken Salazar, the Democratic contender for Colorado's Senate seat, is really smart. And I mean really smart:
Ask Salazar how he would have voted on the 2002 Iraq war resolution and he is unequivocal: He would have voted for it on the basis of the case President Bush made. But ask him how he'd vote in light of what we have learned since and his answer is one that Kerry might have considered. "It's not a fair question," Salazar replies, "because the matter would not have even been raised to the Congress if the facts had been known."
If the Kerry campaign bombs, heaven forbid*, rule #1 of campaigning will become: Don't ever, ever, ever answer counterfactual questions. Good on Salazar for figuring that out. That is all.

*The question of heaven's ruling interests, incidentally, is answered nicely here.
-- Brad Plumer 3:15 AM || ||