Good. That will indeed be a useful marker of seriousness on the war that will matter a great deal to the GOP base. If the NRSC and the NRCC do not want to labor against their base for another cycle, they will get their members together now and explain that the GOP base is solidly behind the president and that self-serving votes injure the possibility of regaining the majority in 2008 even as they do the much more serious damage to the war effort itself. If the enemy sees that the GOP is itself splitting in a significant way, they will know that it is only a matter of time before the U.S. is obliged to withdraw from the region.
The parties have divided over the war, and the three serious contenders for the presidency from the Republican side are all supporting the president’s plan. Democrats want to split the Republicans, which is exactly what a majority party wants to do to their still strong opposition. The GOP shouldn’t duck and cover, but rather stand and defend the obvious truth: We cannot lose in Iraq, and we have to recognize the nature of the war, which is another proxy war by Iran against the West.