WHAT CENTER? Jon Chait has some issues with David Brooks� column advocating a McCain-Lieberman party of the center (Unity '08, anyone?) -- I have some problems of my own. Namely, on national security issues what's centrist about this party?
Are there any Republicans whose national security views are clearly more hawkish than McCain's? I can't think of any. For that matter, are there any Republicans whose national security views are clearly more hawkish than Lieberman's? I can't think of any either. Of the politicians who seem to have clear convictions on the topic, these are, I think, the two leading militarists in the United States Senate. The only way you can get McCain-Lieberman as representing a "center" position on foreign policy is if you define the extreme conceptual right-wing pole as "whatever George W. Bush happens to think,� making any criticism of his policies a move to the left. In practice, however, both men's difference with Bush almost exclusively amount to the (frankly, absurd) view that he's been unduly hesitant to unleash military force.
You need to be logged in to comment.
(If there's one thing we know about comment trolls, it's that they're lazy)