Hell No, You Can't Go!
As noted by our compatriots at Power Line and Captain Quarters, Senator Mark Dayton's offer to accompany fellow Senate Armed Service Committee members to Iraq was met with a polite, but firm thanks, but no thanks:
Sen. Mark Dayton wants to make a return trip to Iraq, but his request has been denied, the Minnesota Democrat said Wednesday.
Dayton speculated that his request was denied by the Senate Armed Services Committee because he has criticized President Bush's handling of the war and because he's up for reelection in 2006.
For a guy who was too spooked to spend time in Washington D.C. prior to the election, Dayton's insistence that he now has the 'nads to travel Iraq is probably viewed a bit skeptically by his Senate colleagues. Given Dayton's history of erratic and unstable behavior you can hardly blame them. Would you want to share a foxhole with Mark Dayton?
And let's not forget that the Iraqis are preparing to hold historic elections that will hopefully set their country on the road toward a lasting democracy. Presenting Mark Dayton as an example of the fruits of such democracy may do more to set the effort back than anything that al-Zarqawi could dream up.