Mickey Kaus has been waiting for something like this from Martin Schram:
Privately, but no longer quietly, Democrats are beginning to despair. . . .
Democrats despair because, given all of that, a majority of America’s voters still tell pollsters they believe that Bush, not Kerry, can better command the war on terror. And mainly, the Democrats privately despair because they know why the people feel that way. They know it is because Kerry has been pathetically unable to answer, clearly and forthrightly, the simplest questions about the war in Iraq and the war on terror. Kerry cannot explain just what he would have done and what he will do now to better command and win the unwon war on terror.
Democrats say privately they don’t know what is wrong with Kerry. Here is what’s wrong: The Democratic presidential nominee has no clearly defined conceptual framework that is the basis of what he thinks about the war on terror and the war in Iraq.