Thursday, March 25, 2004

Daschle has it exactly right. He's given two speeches in three days now (here and here) which rip into the White House for the way they handle whistle-blowers:

"When I watch what the people around the president are trying to do to Richard Clarke, I think it's past time to say that enough is enough. The president came to Washington four years ago promising to change the tone. The people around him have done that: they've changed it for the worse. They are doing things that should never be done and have never been done before.

"What they need to do, what we all need to do, is put politics aside and put the American people and their security first. I know how difficult that is in an election year. But we all, every one of us, need to do exactly that."

If the Dems want to make something of Clarke's testimony, they shouldn't directly criticize Bush about his handling of 9/11 -- they should criticize him for letting his lackeys loose on Clarke, and trying to politicize the work being done by the 9/11 commission. As I said before, Clarke opened up the moral high ground for them; all they have to do is seize it.

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