Monday, December 8, 2008

Obama's Other Challenge

A few weeks back, I wrote a piece wondering why the McCain campaign never made a campaign issue out of the absence of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan has a piece called “At Least Bush Kept Us Safe”. (You may or not like Noonan’s world-view, but she is arguably the best writer in the punditocracy today. Its pure poetry compared to the snarling sledgehammer attacks of most columnists.)

It looks at the same issue, but more from a post-election standpoint – from the point of view of Bush’s Legacy, and the challenge laid at Obama’s feet.

And it made me think of the other dog that didn’t bark this election – the debate over civil liberties versus security. That debate, which was held in an extremely clumsy fashion in America during the middle Bush years, was almost completely off the table during the 2008 election.

More on this to come, but for now check out Noonan…

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