A note on "framing," the way that political moves are couched in semantic finery: President Bush's speech is now reliably reported to call for a "surge" of 20,000 additional American troops into Iraq. The Democrats have correctly deduced that what the President calls a "surge" used to, in the bad old days of Vietnam, be called an "escalation," and that's the word they're trying to pin on it. Obviously, the framers around the President think "surge" sounds better, more masculine, maybe, less calibrated. Clearly, though, they didn't focus-group test the phrase in the Gulf South, Mississippi and New Orleans. There, the word "surge" has decidedly negative connotations. There, a "surge" is what follows a hurricane and, if your levees have been badly built by the Army Corps, results in the flooding of your city. Unless Bush wants the Iraqis to think it's their turn to get Katrina-ized.