Imagine if President Nixon had decided to base his 1972 re-election campaign
on the boast that he landed on the moon. His predecessors tried and failed
for eight years. It wasn't an easy decision--what if something went wrong? But
that's why you hire a president, to make those gutsy calls. Which path would
George McGovern have taken?
That's analogous to President Obama's effort to campaign on the killing of
Osama bin Laden. His absurd braggadocio is turning one of the few successes to
occur under his leadership into a political liability.
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