If the Democrats lose the election in ’08, it will be because they insisted on it:
A growing clamor among rank-and-file Democrats to halt President Bush’s most controversial tactics in the fight against terrorism has exposed deep divisions within the party, with many Democrats angry that they cannot defeat even a weakened president on issues that they believe should be front and center.
The Democrats’ failure to rein in wiretapping without warrants, close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay or restore basic legal rights such as habeas corpus for terrorism suspects has opened the party’s leaders to fierce criticism from some of their staunchest allies — on Capitol Hill, among liberal bloggers and at interest groups.
When “rank-and-file” anything begin to “clamor” your ass is grass. But when the rank and vile, have-you-hugged-a-terrorist-today crowd clamors for the rolling back of even the minimum efforts to prevent another 9/11, their chances for putting their man or woman in the White House are about as good as Larry Craig’s. These aren’t President Bush’s impingements of civil liberties, they’re mine. I insist on them. And if he’s got any more, I want to see them.
What the Left sees as an issue of civil liberties, the Sane see as national security—no, make that personal security. We would have slept just fine if Mohammed Atta’s telephone calls back to the old country (Germany) had been audited. As it is, we know more about how to pick up guys in Minneapolis airport toilet than we do about the plans of sleeper cells in suburban Detroit.