Democrat Senators Carl Levin (Mich.) and John Kerry (Mass.) have competing resolutions on Iraq, but neither has apparently taken the Political Communications 101 course.

“Cut and run, cut and run, cut and run, cut and run — that’s their phrase,” he told Don Imus. “My plan is not cut and run. Their plan is lie and die.”

“The wording is very clear: It’s not a cut-and-run strategy,” Levin protested. “Our amendment is not in any sense a cut-and-run amendment.”

Never, ever repeat your opponents’ charges. It only reinforces them.