Really, Matt? You think that if the Iraq misadventure hadn't ended up being a complete fiasco, the Republican brand wouldn't have ended up completely trashed
To this sort of deep insight, there's really only one proper response. As my grandfather would put it: Az der bubbe vot gehat baytzim vot zie geven mein zayde
Certainly, if the Iraq War hadn't been a horribly-conceived, poorly-executed scheme, doomed to failure from the get-go, then executed by a group so incompetent that labeling them as such gives all incompetents a bad name, then, yes, maybe John McCain would not have such a deep hole to dig out of this fall.
Alternatively, if Republicans didn't hold views on issues, ranging from taxation to international relations, which were so repugnant that the only way they could hold onto power was to inspire fear and loathing in the American populace, then they'd be more popular. And they'd be you know, Democrats.
Cross-posted at Damn Lefties