That the Dems ought to be plunging the samurai sword a little deeper into their bowels by catering more aggressively to the reflexive antiwar idiocy of their left wing, of course.

Here she is, on her very own Huffington Puffington Post, in an item titled “What the Hell Are They Thinking?” faulting the Democratic Party for choosing–horrors!–Virginia’s new Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, a moderate who actually supports the Iraq war, to provide the response to G.W. Bush’s upcoming State of the Union address:

“Don’t ask me why, but I actually watched Kaine’s inaugural address on C-SPAN, and I was stunned to hear him dare compare the cause of Virginians like Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to our cause in Iraq: ‘They stood here at a time, just as today, when Virginians serving freedom’s cause sacrificed their lives so that democracy could prevail over tyranny.'”

Hmm, maybe Kaine knows that he’s governor of a state whose inhabitants have a long tradition of patriotism and are actually proud of our armed forces and our country’s willingness to take a stand against tyranny.

Here’s more from Arianna:

“I know I’ve said this before and before, but the Democrats will never become the majority party until they can prove to the American people that they have a better plan for keeping us safe. And that means having someone like Jack Murtha give the State of the Union response — someone with the authority to make the point that, on every level, Iraq is the wrong priority. And that the hundreds of billions already spent on Iraq (and the countless billions to come) would be better spent shoring up our ports, roadways, railways, securing our nuclear installations and chemical plants, and properly supporting our first responders.”

I’ll leave aside the implications of this paragraph–that America should just sit back and twiddle its thumbs until someone lobs a bomb at one of our trains or factories–and focus on this: Jack Murtha? The once-respected former Marine who’s recently gone around the Cindy Sheehan bend:

“First, Murtha suddenly appeared at a press conference and called for immediate ‘redeployment’ of America’s troops in Iraq instead of victory.  Sending a clear signal to the enemy to hold on just a bit longer, because he and his fellow Democrats would press for an immediate end to America’s military presence in Iraq.  Discouraging free Iraqis from fighting the terrorists and die-hard Saddamists in advance of the critical Iraqi parliamentary elections then scheduled to be held in the near future.

“When the House of Representatives quickly voted on immediate withdrawal, it won but 3 of 435 votes (NOT including those of either Murtha or [fellow antiwar haranguer Nancy] Pelosi), but Murtha was not chastened.

“On the same day that President Bush spoke about his plan for victory, Murtha told a civic group in Latrobe, Pennsylvania that most American troops would leave Iraq within a year because the Army is ‘broken, worn out’ and ‘living hand to mouth.’  And followed up by appearing with CNBC’s Chris Matthews, on ‘Hardball’ to regurgitate those falsehoods and bad mouth the President.”

Thanks, Michael J. Gaynor of

What the hell are the Democrats thinking? That they’d like to win some elections, for a change, the way they did with Kaine.