01/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Failure is Not an Option [* Some Exceptions Apply]

Sometimes, even the wiliest of politicians just pitches a slow and easy one across the plate.

So it was with Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican.

In their eagerness to deliver a swift kick to those devil automobile unions -- even if it means playing Dr. Kevorkian to Detroit -- Senate Republicans killed the auto bailout measure, and McConnell delivered this irresistible line:

''Republicans will not allow taxpayers to subsidize failure.''

Um, Senator? One word -- Iraq. Price tag: maybe $600 billion and going nowhere but up. What's that work out to, 10 or 15 Detroits?

Does this GOP retusal to tolerate subsidized failure mean the Republicans will give me my Iraq war tax money back? It might just have a better shot at success in Detroit than it did in Baghdad.