Democrats grow up
According to Ross Douthat the Democrats have grown up and accepted responsibility for the post-9/11 world. His evidence: Libya intervention and the death of Osama bin Laden.
“There is good news for the country in this turnabout. Having one of their own in the White House has forced Democrats to walk in the Bush administration’s shoes, and appreciate its dilemmas and decisions. To some extent, the Bush-Obama convergence is a sign that the Democratic Party is growing up, putting away certain fond illusions, and accepting its share of responsibility for the messy realities of the post-9/11 world.”
Of course, it’s always gratifying to belong to a group that someone has declared grown up. But the quasi-smug assessment here leaves out a number of relevant issues: political party dynamics and the economic power of military-industrial-security complex that has eroded presidential powers and bought off the Congress.
What else am I missing in this slippery piece of argumentation?