The Tone-Deaf Democrats

Too many of them — in Congress and the presidential campaign — still don't get national security




Steve Marcus / Reuters

Democratic presidential candidates pose for a photo opportunity at the CNN/Nevada Democratic Party debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nov. 15, 2007

Correction appended: November 28, 2007

In the original version of this story, Joe Klein wrote that the House Democratic version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would require a court approval of individual foreign surveillance targets. The bill does not explicitly say that. Republicans believe it can be interpreted that way, but Democrats don't.

Senator Christopher Dodd had a nice moment in the Democrats' Las Vegas presidential debate. Wolf Blitzer had crashed through Bill Richardson's blowsy, high-minded disquisition on the need to observe human rights in Pakistan, with the question, "What you're saying, Governor, is that...

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