President Bush can do himself a lot of good by showing up for the next couple of debates. He took a pounding in the first one. He's also taken hits from recent remarks by Rumsfeld and Bremmer, and from the irresponsible media coverage of the Iraq weapons inspector report. It's time for him to step up to the plate and take control of his own destiny. He doesn't need a homerun, but a solid double would be very welcome.
If I could put one statement in Bush's mouth for tonight's debate, it would be this:
Fellow Americans, ask yourself this simple question: Are the terrorists better off than they were four years ago?