December 28, 2005


Centrist Democrats hit anti-Bush tactics (Donald Lambro, 12/28/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

"The Republicans still hold the advantage on every national-security issue we tested," said Mark Penn, a Democratic pollster and former adviser to President Clinton, who co-authored a Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) memo on the party's national-security weaknesses.

Nervousness among Democrats intensified earlier this month after Democrats led a filibuster against the Patriot Act that threatened to block the measure, followed by a victory cry from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, who declared at a party rally, "We killed the Patriot Act."

After Mr. Bush sharply attacked Mr. Reid, saying lack of the Patriot Act "will leave us in a weaker position in the fight against brutal killers," Senate Democrats dropped their filibuster and accepted a six-month extension. A Republican-backed five-week extension was adopted last week by the House and Senate.

Recent polls say 56 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Bush is doing to protect the country from another terrorist attack.

"In shaping alternative policies -- particularly on national security, terrorism and Iraq -- Democrats have to be extremely careful to avoid reinforcing the negative stereotype that has cost us so much in the last two national elections," the recent DLC memorandum said.

The WoT just isn't likely to be much of an issue going forward--Democrats should be far more worried about the healthy economy, their estrangement from the nation on moral issues and their lack of any coherent alternatives to George Bush's Third Way.

Life Keeps Getting Better, Americans Say (Nathan Burchfiel, December 27, 2005,

Most Americans say 2005 was a better year than 2004 and they're optimistic that 2006 will be even better, according to a poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University.

The school surveyed 1,230 Americans and found that 53 percent feel that 2005 was "a better year for [them] personally" than 2004. Nearly 80 percent expect 2006 to be better than 2005.

Republicans feel better about the direction of their lives than Democrats, according to the poll. Sixty-five percent of Republicans felt this year was better than last, compared to 41 percent of Democrats.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 28, 2005 10:33 AM

The Economy won't be an issue for Republicans if they don't make it one.

Further, the potency of any given issue is often dictated by events. Most of the issues being on Bush's side in Nov. is a good way to bet, but it it isn't guaranteed.

BTW, Victor Davis Hanson has a piece on Immigration in today's opinion journal. Tough to call him a "nativist."

Some one better write up a good compromise. If the left gets to the "right" of us on this issue, it could be trouble.

Posted by: Bruno at December 28, 2005 11:00 AM

--The Republicans still hold the advantage on every national-security issue we tested,"--

And they paid good money to find that out, I'll bet.

At least they're keeping the economy going.

Posted by: Sandy P at December 28, 2005 11:20 AM

I love it.

Posted by: Genecis at December 28, 2005 1:36 PM

Even if the WoT isn't much of an issue, the Democrats finishing up their fourth straight decade of not taking national security seriously will be an issue.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 28, 2005 3:00 PM

Thru it all, good or bad, the public's attitude, when assessing the performance of Bush & his party, will mirror Lincoln's assessment of Grant: "but he fights."

Posted by: ras at December 28, 2005 3:46 PM


But that's just one of the several reasons they're the natural minority party: you can't be anti-religious on moral matters, statist on economic matters, and anti-American on foreign policy and appeal to over half the American electorate unless something catastrophic has occurred. And you can't premise an American party on hoping for catastrophe.

Posted by: oj at December 28, 2005 3:56 PM

Of course the WOT on terror will be an issue. Iran is getting nukes and North Korea is probably selling theirs.

Posted by: Jana at December 28, 2005 9:55 PM

north korea doesn't have any nukes. too bad w is a champion poker player.

Posted by: oh yeah at December 28, 2005 10:02 PM

Of course NoKo has nukes.

How do you think that Pakistan got missiles ?

They swapped technologies.

Now, one might legitimately claim that NoKo only has a few nukes, which is probably true, but of little comfort to the South Koreans.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 29, 2005 12:09 AM

guess i missed the test where they lit one up. short of that, you are in the position of taking them at their word.

Posted by: toe of doom at December 29, 2005 12:44 AM

Supposedly they tested one in Pakistan in '99, but until they openly demonstrate, I guess that it's only a very strong suspicion.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 29, 2005 3:03 AM

the NKors are taking a page out of the Israeli playbook: neither confirm nor deny, and let the enemy be unable to settle on a strategy and course of action. since the actions one would take be mutually contradictory based on whether it has or doesn't have nukes, and given the nature of the MSM in the West, the default action will be inaction.

Posted by: Ptah at December 29, 2005 9:58 AM