Could it be that the Democrats are forming their own policy of "pre-emptive strikes"? First we have Nancy Pelosi introducing a Democratic stimulus package the day before Bush unveiled his own, stealing a bit of his thunder and giving the Democrats nearly an entire of wall-to-wall coverage of their priorities. Now we have Daschle and Pelosi coming out and broadsiding Bush the day before his SOTU speech. The 2000-2002 Democrats would have waited for Bush to say something and then responded to it. By responding first, they start to put Bush more on the defensive and influence the ground rules by which his speech will be analyzed tomorrow night. It's about fucking time.