JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: MIND THE GAP. Justin Logan discusses the lingering divide between Democratic voters, who by now have come to unambiguously repudiate the Bush doctrine on security issues, and Democratic foreign policy elites, who haven't quite done so.
Simply asking candidates about their views won�t promise much insight as to the way they�ll conduct foreign policy: recall that Bush�s mantra during the 2000 campaign was foreign policy �humility.� If his presidency has demonstrated anything, it�s that people installed in bureaucracies drive policy. Thus, the best way to tell what could happen in a Democratic administration might be to handicap top prospective political appointees and look at the things they�ve been saying. And from [Kenneth] Pollack to Madeleine Albright to a whole host of Dem heavyweights, there is a genuine disconnect between the elites and the electorate.
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