Another passenger has bailed from the Titanic. In Albuquerque today, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), a six-term incumbent who faces reelection next year, said he was "unwilling to continue with our current strategy" in Iraq.
The announcement follows the split of two other high-profile Republicans with the president over his handling of the war. Last week, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) called on Bush to start withdrawing troops.
Domenici did the same today by endorsing a Senate bill that would adopt recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, which calls for a draw down of most troops in Iraq.
"I have carefully studied the Iraq situation, and believe we cannot continue asking our troops to sacrifice infefinitely while the Iraqi government is not making measurable progress to move its country forward," Domenici said in a statement. "I do not support an immediate withdrawal from Iraq or a reduction in funding for our troops. But I do support a new strategey that will move our troops out of combat operations and on the path to coming home." Translation: "Supporting Bush has become political poison for me and most of my colleagues, and if Bush doesn't want to permanently damage the GOP he needs to start listening to people in the time he has left." There's your Bush legacy, folks.