Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 by CommonDreams.org ThomHartmann.com - The Republican Plan For 2008 Begins Today The political calculus being pursued by Karl Rove and the Republican Party with regard to Iraq and the 2008 elections is a simple four-step process: 1. Shift ownership of the downside of the war and occupation of Iraq to the Democrats. 2. Begin to wind down American involvement in the occupation of Iraq no later than mid-2008. 3. Claim victory and get out of direct combat in Iraq by the early fall of 2008. 4. Win big in the 2008 elections by having won a war.