— From NBC's Mark Murray
In a conference call today, Sen. Chuck Schumer, chair of the Democratic Senate campaign committee, argued that Republican Senate candidates are "tying themselves into knots" on Iraq and national security -- proof, he said, that Democrats are winning on these issues. For example, Schumer cited GOP Sen. Conrad Burns' recent remark at a debate that Bush has a secret plan to win in Iraq. Schumer also brought up GOP Sen. Rick Santorum's recent "Lord of the Rings" analogy to Iraq. "As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else. It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S.," Santorum said. "You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States."
"Secret plans, 'Lord of the Rings,'" Schumer said in the conference call. "Simply put, when candidates are talking about wizards and hobbits to explain their positions on national security, it raises red flags."