I hold in my hand the Democratic plan titled "Real Security."
It's got the usual mom's apple pie, salute the flag, chest-pounding stuff of a challenger party in wartime.
It has a couple points that sound good but the details are hazy, namely, paraphrasing now:
We Democrats will implement all the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, and we'll inspect every single one of the billions of containers that arrive into this country by ship.
But when you boil it down, it makes three points.
It says: I'm a Democrat, elect me because I'll capture Usama bin Laden. I'll bring the troops home. And I'll impeach Bush.
Or put another way, on the way out of Iraq we'll stop in Afghanistan and finish off that tall guy, and we'll come home to hold the impeachment trial of the guy who sent us there in the first place.
I'm not kidding. That's what it says.
So how are we getting out of Iraq so fast?
Evidently we Dems are going to tell the Iraqis to get it together cause we're going home soon.
How are we going to get UBL?
Evidently it's the Huey Long "a chicken in every pot" idea. This one goes, an American soldier in every cave. He can't hide forever.
As for the impeachment, Bush didn't lie anymore evidently. In this official document he manipulated prewar intelligence and we Dems are going to hold him accountable.
That says impeachment to me, especially since it's all challenger Democrats can talk about when they're not reading off cue cards.
As a political ad, how does it sound? We're the fighting Dems, give us your vote. We'll get Usama, bring 'em home and hang Bush.
Well at least the country is on notice.
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