VICTORY FOR THE NEOCONS?….It looks like Donald Rumsfeld is a winner:

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and his deputy, Richard L. Armitage, have signaled to the White House that they intend to step down even if President Bush is reelected, setting the stage for a substantial reshaping of the administration’s national security team that has remained unchanged through the September 2001 terrorist attacks, two wars and numerous other crises.

Armitage recently told national security adviser Condoleezza Rice that he and Powell will leave on Jan. 21, 2005, the day after the next presidential inauguration, sources familiar with the conversation said. Powell has indicated to associates that a commitment made to his wife, rather than any dismay at the administration’s foreign policy, is a key factor in his desire to limit his tenure to one presidential term.

Everybody who believes this, please raise your hands.

(You know, we just recently heard that Arnold’s decision about running for governor will be dictated largely by his wife. Now this. Either women have a lot more political power in America than raw numbers would suggest, or else they make awfully convenient excuses. You make the call.)