Rethinking political management amid deep partisan division would be a dandy avocation if we lived in normal times, say Sept. 10, 2001. But we don't. Last weekend, the forces of civilization foiled planned barbarian bombings and mass death for innocent civilians in London and Glasgow. One month ago, they foiled a plot to blow up the gasoline fuel pipeline at JFK airport. A month before that they arrested six men, enraptured by jihadist videos, who concluded it was their life's goal to blow up soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J. Before that they foiled a well-advanced plot to demolish U.S.-bound airliners over the Atlantic. This week Spain completed its trial of 28 people charged with the 2004 Madrid train bombing that killed 191.
I haven't conducted a poll, but my guess is this is the real reason many in the U.S. feel the country is on the wrong track. The possibility of mass, mortal risk is the one constant in life today; it's always floating beneath the changing surface of stock prices, gasoline prices or Sen. Obama's blueprints for universal health care.
Of course the Republican candidates, and especially Rudy, are going to try and make this the top issue because if they can, all the incompetence and corruption of the Bush administration becomes moot.
And of course the media will do their part by continuing to do everything in their power to frighten us, even when the threat are a bunch of total losers who failed - twice - to blow up cars and ended up causing minimal damage to their intended targets while setting themselves ablaze and getting immediately captured.
It must be quite a juggling act to be a Republican candidate. You have to say we're winning the war on terrorists while at the same time continuing to make them an immediate, life-threatening menace to every American everywhere.
No wonder it seems like their heads are spinning most of the time.
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