Count me squarely on GG's and Digby's side.
I don't harbor the same antipathy towards Kevin Drum that some do - hell, our nation needs MORE reflective thinkers, willing to chew an issue the required 33 times before lightly swallowing it with all politeness and decorum.
But what we have here is strictly a case of Democrats once again not understanding the American people, then making bad guesses based on the worst of those fears.
Do we really believe Mr. and Mrs. John Q Public view such events through a multitude prisms, meticulously weighing theater with policy, interested in hows of such an action comes to pass? Do we really think Republicans win elections - to say nothing of debates like this - because most Americans are xenophobic cowards, pissing their pants out of fear that someone would dare throw a brick of kryptonite known as "accountability" at Furious George?
Please don't mistake that as indictment against the American public; the non-blog devouring, knowing who Charlie Cook is, public. Quite the contrary. The American public is perfectly capable of parsing complex issues and coming up with the right answer. However - and I hate myself for framing the "liberal elite" this way - most Americans don't have the luxury in their daily lives of endless mewing, constant fretting over perception, and the like. They can't generally afford to paralyzed into inaction. When the foreman needs that frame up today - you do the best you can and get it done, even if you KNOW it's a job that should take 2 days. When the bell rings in the morning, class has to start, even if the projector ate the film on the Great Depression. When injuries from the bus accident pour into the emergency room - it doesn't matter if it's time for a shift change, you get to work.
In short - most Americans don't have the luxury of cocktail party philosphizing about how the world went wrong and bemoaning the fact that everyone else won't do something about.
I'm no reactionary. I believe in thorough analysis of an issue. I don't believe we should make kneejerk responses.
But you know what?
Damn it all, there's --- BIG profanity time --- MOTHERFUCKING time for action!
If it's not now, when?
Americans won't respect democrats until democrats start respecting themselves and until democrats start respecting the ability of the American people to know that civil liberties can be protected while still protecting the nation from terrorists.
We gasp in awe at a president and his advisors who routinely embarrass and contradict themselves... who lie... who break promises... who show less and less evidence of basic competency. But no one holds him accountable?
BECAUSE THE GODDAMN OPPOSITION PARTY WON'T DO IT.
Stop being such a pussy. It's that simple.