Bush Needs New Spin For Iraq

President Bush’s message on Iraq over the past few weeks has been consistent: don’t worry about the persistent violence because the political process in on track. Here’s Bush on August 11:

I had a meeting with the defense team and earlier this morning with Condi Rice and Don Rumsfeld…We discussed recent developments in Iraq, including the political progress that is taking place in that country. Despite the acts of violence by the enemies of freedom, Iraq’s elected leaders are now finishing work on a democratic constitution.

Unfortunately, that talking point won’t work anymore:

Parliament announced it had no plans to meet Thursday night and no date for a future session, signaling Iraqi factions were failing to reach agreement on a new constitution before a self-imposed midnight target.

Dan Bartlett better get to work.