Granted, FISA is a different story. I strongly disagree with the leadership, but I also recognize it's a much thornier political issue in the swing districts and swing states that determine political power.OK, so what do we think about this? The liberal blogosphere shares several widely held principles, and two of them come into conflict here:
- As political realists, we should give some breathing room to centrist Dems in reddish districts. Ideological straitjackets don't build majorities.
- The Democratic Party needs to get a spine. Nobody respects a weakling.
So here's my question: when we blogosphere types complain about this weak-kneed attitude, are we complaining because (a) we think the centrists are wrong; they could keep their seats in marginal districts even if they toed the progressive line on national security issues. Or (b) because we don't care; they should do the right thing even if it means losing next November?