Friday, September 22, 2006


The Moose salutes two Democratic leaders for acting like Harry.

In response to El Loco's hideous UN performance, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Rangel issued a tough rebukes that were worthy of Give 'em Hell Harry. CNN reports,

"You don't come into my country; you don't come into my congressional district and you don't condemn my president," Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, scolded Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was blunt in her criticism of the Venezuelan leader. "He is an everyday thug," she said."

It was both bracing and refreshing for Democrats to express tough talk against an enemy of America. Politics stopped at the podium of the UN General Assembly. Democrats need to speak and act more like Harry Truman and less like Michael Moore.

The events of the last several weeks has put national security once again front and center. From the foiled London bombing to the UN speeches of the Iranian and Venezuelan madmen, Americans have been reminded that we live in a very dangerous world. 2002 and 2004 were national security elections, 2006 may turn out to be as well.

Democrats often talk tough about the Bush Administration, but too rarely speak like Pelosi and Rangel did yesterday about the enemies of America. Of course, partisan rhetoric is appropriate in a campaign season. But, while the country is increasingly disgusted with Republican leadership, Americans still have doubts that Democrats will aggressively fight our enemies who seek to kill us and our families.

Now that a deal has been struck on the interrogation issue, the Moose recommends that the Democrats say "amen" and move on. The last thing in the world the Democrats should do is allow the GOP to portray them as weak on getting information from Jihadists. And as the Democrats learned in the 2002 debate over the labor provision in the Homeland Security Department legislation, such a security fight before an election can be politically disastrous, if not suicidal.

Democrats need to listen less to the nutroots and reconnect with their own roots - the heritage of Truman, JFK and Scoop.
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