COOKING THE BOOKS….Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Republicans are making a big mistake by spending all their TV time this morning complaining about accusations that Gen. Petraeus is cooking the books in his assessment of progress in Iraq? Repeating the accusation, even if it’s only to denounce it, is still repeating the accusation. And it means that everyone watching today’s hearing is learning over and over and over that a lot of people don’t trust Petraeus, something they might not have known before since Democrats aren’t mentioning it and not everyone reads the inside pages of the New York Times.

This strikes me as a very dumb thing to do.