EDGING TOWARD A POSITION. One of the most curious political strategies I've seen in some time has been Mark Warner's apparent belief that he can run for president without taking a position on the Iraq War. Today, though, he starts edging toward one:

Mr. Warner spoke empathetically of his potential rivals who as senators voted for the war.

"I don't think any U.S. senator, regardless of party, if they had known there weren't W.M.D., that we were going to get selected leaks, I don't think anybody would have voted for it," he said. "Second-guessing people who made a valiant attempt at judgment is not where I am at."

That seems almost shockingly sensible to me, though at some point if he wants to actually win a primary he'll want to criticize -- i.e., second-guess -- his rivals. That, however, can wait and Warner's at least put some distance between himself and the absurd Hillary Clinton/George Bush position that even with 20/20 hindsight there's nothing to regret about the decisions of 2002-2003.

--Matthew Yglesias

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