Belmont Club has a very fine post discussing the need for the Democrats to address national security head on, rather than ignore it. According to an account in the Chicago Tribune, Rahm Emmanuel, leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was pressed hard by Ohio Democrats regarding the need for the party to address national security -- Emmanuel thinks that it should not be a political issue. Well, that's great if you are not on defense, which the Democrats are. In addition, the base is certainly making it an issue -- I don't think Cindy Sheehan or the others making a racket outside the Capitol during the State of the Union Speech are going to retreat into a cave for the next year.
Wretchard comments: "Defense has become the third rail of liberal politics. Touch it and you die. At a time when headlines are dominated by the Iranian nuclear weapons crisis, Hamas' election to Palestinian Authority leadership and a clamor to punish Danish cartoonists for daring to depict Mohammed, it has become imperative to studiously ignore the front page and go straight to the funnies. National defense on the Democratic platform has assumed the status of a black actor in a 1940s movie. It has become the Invisible Man." But, President Bush and the Republicans have their own problem as evidenced in the State of the Union address -- that we cannot name and clearly articulate the enemy. In fact, as Ralph Peters describes, we really don't understand the enemy - the religious fundamentalist that is willing to kill himself to kill others.
So, Emmanuel's list of top five issues are health care, education, energy independence, technology
and fiscal discipline. Those are great, but only if we are secure!