Jeffrey LewisPIPA Gets Some Hot Blog Action

A couple of weeks after I mentioned a study by Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA)—a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) and my employer the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland—other blogs are finally starting to pick it up.

You can see how little impact I seem to be having on the world.

Political Wire and Daily Kos both ran posts under the headline that Bush supporters are misinformed.

[Washington Monthly also has it up …]

Unfortunately, both ran the story to illustrate the point that “voters are stupid.” That wasn’t the point, actually.

The point is that voters are drawn toward Democratic ideas about arms control and international security if only our candidates will articulate them. We shouldn’t run from the GOP of national security issues, we should suggest that progressive have a stronger foreign policy. I’d call the Bush Administration neo-isolationists, rather than neo-cons or unilateralists.

John Kerry has been pretty good about this, especially on nonproliferation issues> But too many Democrats still think the electorate would prefer “Bush-lite.” That’s why we got wasted in the 2002 mid-terms.

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