Re: Vilsack as an ‘08 possibility, in my view, the jury was out.
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) said that Democrats “risk political backlash if they object to the Bush administration’s wiretapping but cannot show that Americans’ civil liberties are at risk,” the Des Moines Register reports. “The Democratic governor, who is weighing a 2008 presidential bid, said the party will suffer if it continues to be perceived as weaker than Republicans on national security.”
Said Vilsack: “I think Democrats are falling into a very, very large political trap.”
Ending judicial review of spying in America weakens the nation, it does not strengthen it. Anyone who can’t: a) understand; b) care; and c) explain how cutting the judicial branch out of the search warrant process actively weakens our country and in the long run harms our national security, is not the man of the moment.
Because if the Democrats are led by a person who himself believes the current reckless and dangerous course set by the Republicans to be a course that is strong on national security, the Democratic Party indeed will continue “to be perceived as weaker than Republicans on national security.” If, on the other hand, the party is led into 2008 by a leader who believes and credibly can argue that the Republican path is folly and has endangered and weakened our nation, then we can win. Anyone with that belief and that cred spring to mind?
(That last is a rhetorical question; we all know who he is, and we’re lucky to have him. Vilsack can go sit on a traffic cone.)