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The Democrats' first night

I was heartened to see the prominence with which 9/11 was handled during last night's coverage (even though, as my wife pointed out, it was a bit "over the top"). It was encouraging to see them recognize it as a pivotal event in American history, during which we collectively became aware that we were embroiled in a grave struggle for the very survival of our way of life, and that it is a fight that we must win, and win decisively. Of course, all of this should be a no-brainer, if you ask me, but up until recently all I've heard them do is whine about health care.

And encouraging as it may be, one has to wonder two things. First, how much of it is window dressing? This is the party that routed Joe Lieberman, their only legitimate hawk, in the primaries, after all. Secondly, if the Republicans had handled 9/11 in precisely the same fashion, how long would it have taken for the recriminations of "exploiting a tragedy for political gain" to start flying? My guess it would be well under way already.


Joe Lieberman is a little too Republican to win a Democratic primary at this point in time. :-)

I can't speak for anyone else, but if the GOP opens their convention with something like what was on last night (or had done it first), I would not have a problem with it. And I wouldn't find it exploitative. We'll have to wait and see what the GOP does.

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