When Obama's agenda began to peter out under the weight of Republican obstructionism and his own tendency to play it safe, it was the Democratic base that worked the hardest trying to prevent him from falling.
It is simply wrong to believe that national security issues pit Democrats against Republicans, conservatives against progressives, or even, as one recent blog described it, some conservatives against other conservatives.
The more Americans know the truth about those being showcased at CPAC, the more they might think twice before being taken in by their focus group driven campaign commercials and casting their votes this fall.
Nobody listens to Alberto Gonzales in large part because, putting it charitably, he was not merely an unprincipled attorney general but an uninspired one. Of course, we also tune him out because we can't be sure he's telling the truth.