I just came back from a fun bloggers discussion on Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg. Hiram Wurf and I represented the progressive wing of the nation while Richard Baehr and the proprietor of Copious Dissent represented the dead party. Thanks to Milt and the Extension team for the kind invitation.
It's fairly clear that the idea of Senator McCain as the paragon of national security can only persist if voters believe that we are safer from invading all Muslim nations.
It's probably in the interest of the Democratic Party (and the Republic) to wage a geography 101 campaign for all adults and teach the electorate each of the nations of the Middle East so that everyone can make clear distinctions between, say, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq.
I suspect that the common sense view that it makes no sense to invade and occupy Iraq (and consider the same thing with Iran) because an Afghanistan-based terrorist organization successfully attacked the United States has a harder time earning support among people who are not sure which nation is which.
Maybe we should have the Schoolhouse Rock type of animated educational television spots that helped to successfully teach children watching Saturday morning cartoons (like me) updated and launched in prime time for adults.
This Sunday, I'll be on Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont along with my friend Chris Varones. Catch it on WLS from 6 pm to 8 pm on Easter. Thanks to Bruce for the kind invitation.