Hillary buys into Beltway consensus that next terror attack will be good for Republicans
As if any further proof were needed that Hillary is the Democratic candidate only the Beltway could love. Nice catch by Big Media Matt:
This is, I think, a disaster:
"It's a horrible prospect to ask yourself, 'What if? What if?' But if [when] certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world," Clinton told supporters in Concord.
"So [Huh?]I think I'm the best of the Democrats to deal with that," she added.
What do you mean, "so," Hillary? Where's the logic in this? If your putative experience [read: nostalgia] is the basis for your being the "best," then why keep widdling yourself when the Republicans play the fear card?
And since you know the Republicans are going to do whatever it takes to hold onto power--my foil sense says that if we need a terror attack to get the Dems to roll over again on retroactive immunity when FISA expires, then LIHOP times are here again--why not show some leadership and innoculate us against the possibility, instead of mouthing empty platitudes?
Matt answers more politely:
Two points in response. The first is that I think the Democrat best positioned to deal with GOP political mobilization in a post-attack environment is going to be the one who isn't reflexively inclined to see failed Republican policies resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Americans as a political advantage for the Republicans.
The other is that I think there's a pretty clear sense in which the further one is from Bush's Iraq policy, the easier it is politically to say that the failures of Bush's national security policy should be blamed on Bush's failed policies.