I don’t want “hope”, I want good policies, politics, and results. Obama demonstrates exactly how not to argue against Republican militarism. From Ezra Klein:
I’m sympathetic to what I think Obama was trying to say, but the point is better put more simply — to have the best shot at winning national security arguments with John McCain, the Democrats need a candidate who didn’t support the invasion of Iraq. After all, McCain won’t be tarred with the specific acts of “incompetence” that are frequently (and misleadingly) alleged to have been responsible for disaster in Iraq. The Democratic nominee is going to have to argue that there is a fundamental strategic difference in their approach and that of the Republican nominee.
One ideal way to illustrate the difference would be to point out that the Republican approach leads to huge disasters like Iraq, whereas the alternative doesn’t. Not anything so high-flying (and, frankly, puny-sounding) as a denunciation of “the politics of fear,” but something concrete like, “it seems to me that pulling troops out of Afghanistan so that Osama bin Laden could escape and the Taliban could regroup near the Pakistani border was probably a mistake. Nor was it a good idea to waste hundreds of billions of dollars on a war of choice that wound up speeding nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran. Unlike Sen. McCain, I didn’t support those moves.”
The smart thing about this response is that this response calls Republican policies (and whoever the candidate is) stupid without appearing to have done so. The talk show host babble, while soothing to some, doesn’t delegitimize the Republican policies, which is what the Democratic candidate is going to have to do.
Update: Regarding the post title, I was referring to a nursery rhyme, for love of the Intelligent Designer. The first comment is as stupid as the whole ‘jigger controversy.’ But thanks for the site hits. Here’s the rhyme:
Fuzzy Wuzzy wuz a bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, wuz he?
When I was four, I thought this was (wuz) funny.