If you think it's an overstatement to say top national Democrats are afraid of saying al-Qaeda, check the transcript (MSNBC used the spelling Al Qaida) for last week's 90-minute debate on MSNBC.
Shockingly, only two candidates even mentioned the name of our top enemy. Hillary Clinton and Dennis Kucinichâ€”each only onceâ€”muttered the name of those who killed almost 3,000 Americans on 9/11 and who are our number enemy in Iraq.
If you can't even bring yourself to talk about your enemy directly and forcefully, how are you going to defeat them? Tonight, look for GOP presidential candidates in California to ring the al-Qaeda bell quite a few more times.