Bruce Kesler (who readers here know I love to death and respect the hell out of) has a post that everyone serious about national security and war policy should read. Read it all. His message is that now is the time to get serious and time to put America before party. He points to an effort by The Victory Caucus saying that where there are Blue Dog Democrats running against White Flag Republicans, those serious about the war effort will need to put party second and support Blue Dogs.
This will be a long and serious effort, but it starts now. We have established a team within the site that will focus on identifying strong candidates — veterans, ideally — as well as teams devoted to identifying White Flag Republicans and their antimatter opposites, the Blue Dog Democrats. These three groups will be at the forefront of our efforts to identify the districts where we can do the most good: whether that is to replace a defeatist Democrat with a new Republican victory candidate — or to help a Blue Dog Democrat who is strong on the war take down a White Flag Republican. Here, party comes second: victory — and country — come first.
Follow the link and read the entire post to find out how you can get involved.
I have to admit that if I lived in Walter B. Jones’ district I would be doing all I could to encourage a primary challenger to take him on, and I honestly don’t know whether or not I could vote for him, even against a liberal Democrat. What concerns me though, is that in some cases, as I believe was the case in 2006, electing a moderate to conservative Democrat who is good on the war, could be the vote that keepsNancy Pelosi in power and grants more power, ultimately, to anti-war politicians. I am all for going all out to defeat White Flag Republicans in the primaries. When it comes to voting for Democrats (even pro-national security ones) that could keep Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha, John Conyers, and their ilk in positions of power, I am not there yet.
Update: The Victory Caucus also posted the names and numbers of those 17 Republicans voting for the anti-surge resolution and the two Democrats voting against it.