Our friend The Friar calls attention to this piece by his friend Robert Stacey, which has elicited a response from RCPs Tom Bevan. I must confess that Im closer to Bevan than to Stacey on this one. The Foley affair dominated a few too many news cycles, helped give traction to a claim that hadnt gotten much before then, and got the Republicans off message. At a time when a flawless campaign might have saved Republican majorities in both chambers, the Foley affair knocked everyone off their strides for much too long. But the fundamental national issue is national security.
And we can thank the self-important John Kerry for reminding us how unreliable a steward he would have been and, by extension, how unreliable his colleagues are.
The Republicans couldnt ask for better opponents!