We rise, unaccustomed, in defense of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cheney told a campaign-trail audience Tuesday that if the Democrats win the White House, "the danger is we'll get hit again" by terrorists. A vote for John Kerry, in other words, is a vote for more terrorism.
Nasty, to be sure. But in a campaign where charges and countercharges (mainly, in our view, those coming from the Republican side) are surging way past the merely nasty to the utterly vile and brazenly dishonest, making distinctions is important.
The war on terrorism is the central issue in the campaign, and both parties' candidates have various points to make about it. But the issue boils down to one question: Which candidate would do the best job, as president, of making sure that we don't "get hit again." That is what people really care about.