How many times have I said here that the American people will not think you can defend them when you won't even defend yourself?
Matt has got this right,
The infamous anti-Cleland ad was legitimately scummy, presenting a seriously distorted and underhanded view of the issues at hand. That said, ....Democrats over and over again seem to think that biographical qualities either are or out to somehow immunize nominees from political attacks based on national security issues and they keep getting burned. They need to get over it -- the world doesn't work that way and the world shouldn't work that way. This is on a par with whining that Republicans are politicizing national security. Well, guess what, national security is a political issue. The Democratic Party is full of politicians. They need to learn to do politics -- the whining just looks weak and pathetic.Weak and pathetic is exactly right.
I cut out Matt's assertion that Chambliss's attacks on Cleland were not on Max's personal bravery. As TPM Reader DK pointed out at least some certainly were just that.