the next election, rather than mitigate their losses:
They wait till their opponent is already down, broken, bloody, and
almost unconscious, but a kick's still a kick. Kick some more,
please. This was a move that could in no way risk upsetting the
voters—a risk that often paralyzes the Democrats—but it
does risk retaliation by the Bushists. However, the Bushists already
are broken, bloody, and almost unconscious.