Tuesday, February 20, 2007

And another thing....


From Ezra Klein's blog:

The first item on their "why John McCain" page:

The world is a dangerous place, and we need a leader who is ready to assume the job as Commander in Chief on day one of the Presidency. No candidate has the experience or is better prepared for this task than John McCain. America is engaged in a war against violent Islamist extremism. A totalitarian enemy declared war on America, attacked our nation on September 11, 2001, and is committed to the destruction of the values we hold dear.

So vote McCain or the terrorists will kill you. Charming. This is the guy who's going to run a campaign of class and principle.

What the hell kind of interpretation is that? McCain is just pointing out the obvious. A totalitarian enemy declared war on America and we have to defeat them. You would think this is something liberals and conservatives and centrists all agree on.

We could take this line of reasoning to its absurd conclusion: Vote for Edwards or you'll lose your job!

And liberals wonder why people are suspicious of their seriousness on national security. Well, when you go around screaming "crisis!" at every turn(global warming, health care, the middle class squeeze), but then when planes slam into the Twin Towers you imply that we're all just being paranoid, people start to wonder about your priorities.