Person of the Day: John Warner

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SENATOR JOHN WARNER, the staunchly conservative senator from Virginia, supporter of the Bush gang and Iraq War, who today will come out, with Susan Collins and Ben Nelson, with a resolution against Bush’s escalation. This is will be nonbinding but significant. It means that Bush has no major allies. Except for McCain, who must realize by now that he’s hitched his wagon to a flying piece of shrapnel. This is all in the context of the weekend’s rising bloodbath and Maliki statements that expose the Bush program as a sham. (Warner, BTW, has a lot to worry about. The Dems have targeted his seat as one to focus on in ’08.)

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