The Washington Post reports that Karl Rove and the Republican message machine is angry with a pesky ex-Navy Secretary, an ex-JAG, an ex-POW, and an ex-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs--Sen. John Warner (R-VA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and Former Secretary Colin Powell (R?).
You see, the three have united to oppose the President's plan to gut the Geneva Conventions, because they all know first hand how important the strong international law is to protecting American POWs. But the "dissent in the Republican ranks" story is throwing the Republicans off their "Security September" message. From the Post:
"Purely from a strategic point of view, this is another mess," said Stuart Rothenberg, a political analyst and editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report. "Every time Republicans think they have an issue to unite them and divide the Democrats, the Republicans end up spending most of the time fighting among themselves."
Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio agreed: "If the goal of this process was to show stark differences between Republicans and Democrats, what is being portrayed is stark differences between George Bush and some Republicans. From that standpoint, you aren't hitting the message mark."