Parsing the Primaries and the Plots

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This has been a week of trauma. For three-term Democratic senator and hawk Joe Lieberman, thrown overboard by Connecticut Democrats for his support of the Iraq war. For London and the whole world of air travel, as an alleged terrorist plot to blow up ten airliners over the Atlantic is foiled.

The terrible is instantly political this week. Republicans are charging Democrats with a stance of "retreat and defeat." Democrats are charging the GOP and George Bush with deeply misleading and botching national security. In less than three months, the voters will decide, in midterm elections that could remake Washington.

Hear about this whiplash week, and the politics of national security now.


Jennifer E. Duffy, Editor and a political analyst for The Cook Political Report, and contributor to National Journal magazine

John Fund, columnist for The Wall Street Journal

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and Senior Editor of The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on August 11, 2006.


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