Wednesday, November 08, 2006
More on the Elections
They’re going to be under a lot of pressure, their candidates for president, to do certain things. A number of the Democratic candidates, such as Hillary Clinton, are in the Senate, where they’re in the position on a day-to-day basis to shape political strategy on legislation in ways they view as helpful to them, or harmful to their opponents. On things like the deficit, unless the Democrats are willing to go after taxes and talk explicitly about raising them, their hands are as tied as the Republicans’ are. How they deal with that, and how they show some movement without losing credibility, or alienating constituencies, is to me a very difficult problem. They’re going to have their hands full.
Iran moves to the top of the list. Sure, everyone loves multilateralism, but Democrats also made a point of running to Bush's right on the Iran issue. So when negotiations fail, or other states say, we can live with Iran having a nuclear program, what will Democrats do? Support more unilateral action? Military force?