Democrats have “rebuked” Rudy Giuliani for these remarks on terrorism on the Sean Hannity show:
Here is the thing that the Democrats do not get and all these attacks and the things Harry Reid is doing and the Presidential candidates indicate. They do not seem to get the fact that there are people, terrorists in this world, really dangerous people that want to come here and kill us. That in fact they did come here and kill us twice and they got away with it because we were on defense because we weren’t alert enough to the dangers and the risks. … They want to take us back to not being as alert which to me will just extend this war much, much longer.
Leading Democrat contenders claimed that Giuliani was trying to turn terrorism into a partisan issue, by suggesting that Republicans have a better strategy for fighting terror. Also, they said, Democrats have a better strategy for fighting terror.
Here’s John Edwards arguing that it’s just wrong and partisan for Republicans to suggest that their terrorism-fighting policies are better:
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said Giuliani knows better than to suggest there is a “superior Republican way to fight terrorism.”
Also, Edwards noted, there is a superior Democrat way to fight terrorism, as opposed to the Republican way, which is bad and has made us less safe:
“The current Republican administration led us into a war in Iraq that has made us less safe and undermined the fight against al-Qaida,” Edwards said in a statement. “If that’s the Republican way to fight terror, Giuliani should know that the American people are looking for a better plan.”
Here’s Obama, solemnly pontificating that this should not be a partisan issue:
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said Giuliani, who was in office on Sept. 11, 2001, should not be making the terrorist threat into “the punchline of another political attack.”
“Rudy Giuliani today has taken the politics of fear to a new low and I believe Americans are ready to reject those kind of politics,” Obama said in a statement.
Obama then turned the terrorist threat into the punchline of another political attack by suggesting that Republican policies have made us “less secure”:
“America’s mayor should know that when it comes to 9-11 and fighting terrorists, America is united,” Obama said. “We know we can win this war based on shared purpose, not the same divisive politics that question your patriotism if you dare to question failed policies that have made us less secure.”
Democrats would sound less silly if they were to get it through their heads: how we deal with the threat of terrorism is not just a legitimate issue for 2008, it’s one of the top legitimate issues. If you’re going to oppose every terror-fighting tool the Adminstration has pursued, and chastise Republicans for allegedly making us less safe, then you’re making a political argument based on terrorism, too. So don’t clutch your pearls when someone like Rudy plainly says that electing Democrats is going to put the country on defense.
If you disagree with that argument, Democrats, then by all means: attack it head on. But quit whining about the fact that it’s a campaign issue. It just is, so deal with it.