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Tilting at Windmills

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February 7, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

BUSH AND HOMELAND SECURITY....One of the things that Democrats could do a better job of is criticizing President Bush's lame efforts to increase domestic security. Today Alex Gourevitch, writing in The American Prospect, tries to make that point:

Bush's problem is not that he's doing too little for national security but that he's doing it incorrectly, frittering away precious resources on ill-conceived programs of nightmarishly large bureaucratic proportions but little security benefit. Rather than call for more money to be spent on homeland security, Democrats should be taking a hard look at how Bush is spending the money he already has. And if they did, they would find ample grounds on which to criticize the president.

Unfortunately, the entire article focuses on immigration problems, an issue that's already a Democratic hobbyhorse and, I think, is unlikely to persuade people that the Bush administration is acting clumsily.

Unfortunately, this is the problem with so much writing on the left: it's just too damn mushy and unpersuasive. If this were a conservative issue, a dozen think tanks would already have written detailed position papers, carefully poll tested and wordsmithed, and sent them off to hundreds of newspapers and congress members. Index cards with talking points would be distributed by the thousands. Op-eds would be flying out of their word processors.

We just don't have this kind of organization, and we need it desperately. There are loads of areas where Bush can be attacked on his homeland security policies, but to do a good job requires a lot of dedicated research and a well-funded organization that can get it out to the world.

How come there aren't any ultra-rich liberal cranks willing to bankroll this kind of thing?

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