Found here. Short version: terrorism either scares you, or it makes you angry. I recommend anger. Smarter long-term choice.
You don’t have to be a Democrat to wonder about this: “[Joe] Biden placed a personal call to Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters, early Friday morning to discuss his potential candidacy and a strategy to win, Schaitberger said.” Look, it’s mid-October. There are a bunch of things that candidates to have to do in order to get into the various state primaries. Those primary deadlines are tick-tocking away. If Joe Biden doesn’t make up his mind, then his mind will be made up for him.
…At least, that’s the conventional reasoning. Basically, everyone is assuming that Joe Biden is ambivalent about running for President. But what if he’s just scared?
So, you’ve probably heard by now of the infamous, frothing, subtly alarming extremist emails that the Democrats have been sending out* trying to troll for cash. In between bouts of being disquieted and amused, I asked myself: Why are they doing it? Clearly there’s a reason. So I reached out to a buddy of mine on Twitter – Rick Wilson, who does actual** campaign work – to get some insider insight. Here’s our conversation:
I think that I may agree with Jen Rubin: maybe he’d like a job as a Republican President’s Chief of Staff? There may be a job opening in 2013*. That he’s even being considered in the job in the first place by a Democrat is a pretty powerful hint about how we’re doing right now. Remember: it’s not what the politicians say, it’s what they do. And right now it looks like what at least one Democratic politician is doing right now is trying to keep from breaking out in fear-sweats.
*Snark aside, the abortion issue would probably sink that; Daley’s been a little too public on that subject.
The truth is that without the constant vigilance currently provided by what can loosely be called the Tea Party movement, Republicans would be just as happy as Democrats to squander taxpayer money. They are only acting frugal now because they know they’re being closely watched, so keep watching.
For the rest of your lives, in fact: civic duty never ends. Just in case nobody’s ever mentioned that.
(H/T: Real Clear Politics)
Moe Lane (crosspost)