Urbin Report

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

From Andrew Sullivan's Blog

"If the Democratic Party intends to run against a popular war, its leaders might wish to recall the lesson of a Democrat who ran against an unpopular war. He lost 49 states." - Lawrence F. Kaplan, in the Wall Street Journal today. Lawrence is basically right, I think. Many liberal Democrats - and the media in general - are beginning to act as if the war is over and they can score debating points with a president's foreign policy, rather than seriously proposing their own. That's a formula for disaster. The unseriousness of the current Democratic field in national security matters is the determining factor in the next year and a half. Forget money, personality, media. The question every voter will and should ask of any Democratic in 2004 is a simple one: would I feel as safe with this guy in the White House? Right now, the answer is a resounding no. Until the Demsfigure out a way to tackle this, they're screwed. And they deserve to be.