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The War Over the War

McCain and Romney face off over Iraq.

11:00 PM, Jan 27, 2008 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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Even with the criticism McCain has taken for his recent comments, he has to be pleased. The verbal sparring shifted the debate from the economy, where Romney would like to keep it, to national security, which benefits McCain. In that sense, it's not that important that McCain prove Romney was for secret timetables. The effect is that Romney must now try and prove that he wasn't. Politically, it could be a debate McCain wins simply because they're having it.

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.