Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Duckworth and Durbin

C-Span replayed their March 2005 interview with Major Duckworth yesterday and followed up with a phone interview with her from a few days ago.

She talked a lot about Sen Durbin in March. When asked in the phone interview who first approached her to run, she answered Durbin. Duckworth never mentioned Rep Emanuel at all.

So someone please explain why Emanuel takes the flak for recruiting her and not Durbin. She's awfully impressive to watch and hear so why either should get criticism baffles me.

Eric Krol wrote the major issue will be the War. I fear Krol's right about war, but think he has the wrong one in mind. Read Fascism, Islamism, and Anti-Semitism by Joseph Loconte about what's brewing with Iranian President Ahmadinejad.

Then read yesterday's Editorial in The Christian Century telling us the calculus for war with Iran should be: Is there an overriding and demonstrable threat to the safety of the American people?

The next Representative from Illinois 6th district will have to weigh how narrowly to interpret the American people's interests. We've judged our interests short sightedly in the past. Loconte gave a brief history. I'd argue the last century was a lousy one because of it.

Cross Posted at Illinoize.

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