Apocalypse 18 Months From Now?

Via Kevin Drum, Robert Novak’s view is that if America stays in Iraq the GOP is facing disaster in 2008. Frankly, I don’t think you need to be an ace political reporter to see the case in favor of that view. Predictions, however, are difficult.

I think the real question is when more Republicans will start seriously breaking with the White House over the war. Will Chuck Hagel move out of the “sounds smart, acts useless” camp and actually collaborate with anti-war Democrats on bringing this farce to an end? Does someone in the GOP presidential field decide to differentiate themselves by calling for an end to the madness? I think you have to assume that someone will try it. What stake does, say, Mike Huckabee have in this war?