The Democratic Party's presidential nominee must make courage the central plank of her campaign. Courage in the face of mindless religious terror. Courage in the face of those who use fear for their political ends. Fear is going to be the Willy Horton and Swift Boating of 2008, and anyone not prepared to take the fight back to the fear-mongers that very same day does not deserve our support. The people will have to be told that guarding everything is the same as guarding nothing. We will be hit, and must learn to roll with the punches. No foreign or economic policy change will change the minds of the Islamic Nihilists operating under the name al Qaeda. We can keep nukes out of their hands, but anybody can strap on a fertilizer bomb and kill a few Americans at a mall. The trick is going to be to not go nuts when it happens. Courage is the only thing that will allow us to survive and not self destruct and descend into a paranoid police state.
I'm not trying to be cute here. Senator Clinton is the only candidate I see who will fight this kind of campaign. Perhaps Obama would, but who knows? We need a sure thing this time. I suspect there is no "there there" when it comes to Edwards. Running to the left of Clinton may be smart in the primaries, but everyone running will be to the left of the Republican candidate.
Warning! : Do not play the "9-11", "Osama ben Laden" or " al Quee-der" drinking games during any of the Republican debates. You will be blotto before Guiliani gets through his opening remarks. On the other hand if you take a drink ever time a Republican mentions Iraq, you won't have to break the seal on your bottle.
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