Voters were already skeptical of the Democratic Party on national security issues. But in the last few years, that skepticism may have ripened into full-blown distrust. And if not, it should have.
At the root of the public's lack of confidence in Democrats over national security is the party's ambivalence about the prosecution of the war and its absence of moral certitude about the nature of our enemy.
To this day, Democrats can't tell you whether it's a good thing we attacked Iraq. They were against the war in Iraq before they were for it only to be against it again, and now they're probably just waiting to see how things turn out to decide, ultimately, whether they should be for or against it.
They grudgingly acknowledge that Saddam was a bad guy but shift immediately into complaining about the intelligence problems that led us into war. When not obsessing over that, they emphasize the allegedly terrible things America has done, from accusations of torture, to rendition, to "spying" on its own citizens, to "occupying" an unwelcoming Iraqi people, to killing innocent Iraqis. If you didn't know better, you'd think they were talking about Al Qaeda.
When Sen. Richard Durbin compares America's treatment of terrorist detainees to Nazi and Communist captors, when Sen. John Kerry reprises his slander of U.S. troops as storming innocent Iraqi homes, when Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has to remind us five times in one interview that Democrats believe terrorists are indeed evil, when untold Democrats deny that Iraq is an integral venue in the War on Terror, objective observers have a duty to question the Democrats' seriousness about national security issues.
Democratic leaders have gloated over frustrating the president's domestic agenda and said that the all of the eggs in the presidential basket are tied up in Iraq. They say his entire legacy hinges on the War on Terror and, specifically, Iraq. If they're not careful, come 2008, they'll get what they wished for.