Seemingly acquiescing to the consensus that Democrats are weak on defense, Jane Harmon is going to be holding 'tough on terror talk' seminars for fellow Dems...especially the ladies (who poll low when terror threat is high).
The politico article first claims that "President Barack Obama still outpolls congressional Republicans on national security," and I'd really like to see some data to back that up.
But then goes on to discuss how Dems want to preemptively strike an advantage the Republicans will have in 2010 elections and teach their Congressional members how to sound like they'll be tough on terror...
"...To combat the problem, House Democrats have asked Third Way, the centrist Democratic think tank, and California Rep. Jane Harman, a leader on intelligence issues in the House, to help lead training sessions on the issue.
“The Democratic approach on security — or at least my approach — is that we know how to be tough and smart, not tough and reckless,” said Harman, a Blue Dog whose district is home to an enormous Air Force base and a number of intelligence contractors. “For some Democrats, this is difficult.”
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) attended one of Harman’s sessions when he was running for office in 2008. Now the president of the Democratic freshman class, he helped lead a session for other Democrats late last month. He said his party has to “avoid the trap of looking soft and weak” and that “there are strong adverbs, adjectives and verbs as opposed to weak.”
One example he offered: “I’m going to fight for American interests abroad” as opposed to “I’m going to defend American values.” (source)
Isn't this really sad? Remember how they said that if Sarah Palin was as enthusiastic about energy, the free market system and jobs as she purports to be she wouldn't have had to write those things on her hand?
Well, that's exactly what I'm alleging here. Why do Democrats have to be told how to get fired about about terrorists wanting to kill Americans and changing our way of life? Why doesn't the thought of what al Qaeda wants to do tot he Western world make their blood boil? Why doesn't the memory of 9/11 evoke the language needed to win over voters? Why isn't the emotion genuine?