There were no votes cast, no startling changes in polls, no fatal gaffes. Yet last week brought something new and crucial to the often-chaotic presidential campaign: clarity.
On national security and the fight against radical Islam, assumed differences were flushed into the open between President Obama and the Republican field. For Democrats, clarity comes with the evidence that Hillary Clinton is having serious trouble making the sale.
The week started with a petulant Obama using a State of the Union lecture to come clean about his casual view of terrorism. After years of failing to persuade Americans he is serious about combating jihadists, we now know why: He confessed that he’s not all that worried about Islamic State or any other terror group.
He scoffed at “over-the-top claims that this is World War III” and insisted that “masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages . . . do not threaten our national existence.”
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