http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/006024.php Some centrist Democrats say attacks by their party leaders on the Bush administration's eavesdropping on suspected terrorist conversations will further weaken the party's credibility on national security. That concern arises from recent moves by liberal Democrats to block the extension of parts of the USA Patriot Act in the Senate and denunciations of President Bush amid concerns that these initiatives could violate the civil liberties of innocent Americans. "I think when you suggest that civil liberties are just as much at risk today as the country is from terrorism, you've gone too far if you leave that impression. I don't believe that's true," said Michael O'Hanlon, a national-security analyst at the Brookings Institution who advises Democrats on defense issues. ... "The Republicans still hold the advantage on every national-security issue we tested," said Mark Penn, a Democratic pollster and former adviser to President Clinton, who co-authored a Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) memo on the party's national-security weaknesses. Nervousness among Democrats intensified earlier this month after Democrats led a filibuster against the Patriot Act that threatened to block the measure, followed by a victory cry from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, who declared at a party rally, "We killed the Patriot Act." ... Recent polls say 56 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Bush is doing to protect the country from another terrorist attack. The patriot act, you know, the act that liberal Dems voted FOR before they voted AGAINST it. The Kerry nuanced spin syndrome has now infected the entire party left wing. Had Reid et. al. instead held their ground for some rational civil liberty protection improvements that in no way compromised intelligence effectivity they could have beaten Bush politically and helped the country. But NOoooo! Hadda let that BDS overwhelm good judgement and the safety of US citizenry. Bush for, we against! That's their motto.