Here are five questions I hope the Democratic candidates for president, or indeed, candidates for any federal office, get asked over and over again before the 2008 elections:
- If it looks in September as though the administration's Iraq policy is working would you support it? If not, why not?
- Would you favor sending combat troops to Darfur to stop the genocide there? If not, do you believe we have no business interfering with genocidal tyrannies?
- Would you permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons rather than employ military force to stop them? If not, why not?
- If it could be conclusively demonstrated that lower tax rates actually stimulate the economy and produce more revenue for the government would you nevertheless favor rescinding the Bush tax cuts? If so, why?
- Do you think that among the qualifications for the office of president should be experience with having actually governed and/or run an administration?
I'd love to see these questions asked, but they won't be, of course.
Maybe if you have a liberal friend you might pose them to him/her to see what sort of response you get. My guess is that the reply will consist of lots hems, haws and circumlocutions.RLC