Lawrence J. Haas is a Democrat who worked for both Clinton and Gore during the Clinton years. He is also a member of the Committee on the Present Danger, a non-partisan group that is committed to educating Americans on the seriousness of the threat that Islamic fascism poses to our nation.
Naturally, he wants a Democrat to win in ’08. But it will have to be a candidate unlike any of the current front runners.
For Democrats, that means a wholly new mind-set, one that elevates national security rather than changes the subject and that eagerly tackles issues that touch upon America’s role in the world, its responsibilities as (in the words of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright) the world’s “indispensable nation,” and the threats and challenges that it faces.
This is no small thing. It requires not just a change in rhetoric, but in gut feeling.
But when your campaign is driven by focus groups and special interest pandering, “guts” are not in the mix. That’s why I think that, despite the poor job Bush has done in prosecuting the war, Republicans still have a decent shot at retaining the White House in ’08.