George Bush is a slow learner, to be sure. But the President blinked today, agreeing to negotiate with the Democrats over "benchmarks" for the Iraqi government.
It took the President's record low approval polls and a delegation of moderate Republicans warning the President of election disaster for the GOP to get the President's attention.
Pushing benchmarks on the Iraqis may not work. But for George Bush, it's a tiny step in the right direction after years of hype, misjudgments and self-serving Republican propaganda about the war in Iraq.
In a small way, the President has seen the light. Maybe he can drag a few right-wing Oklahoma senators and congressmen with him.