But nor will we allow free-floating fear over terrorism to cloud our judgment at the ballot box. We will not forget how the Bush-Cheney administration used 9/11 as a cynical excuse to launch an unfounded war in Iraq, a war that has now claimed 1,180 more American lives than we lost on 9/11, a war that Sen. Barack Obama opposed from the beginning, a war that has left the mastermind responsible for 9/11 at large seven years later.
The campaigns say they're taking a day off politics today, and that is fitting. Given the toxic remarks made at last week's Republican Convention, however, it's ironic that John McCain will join Obama at a celebration of community service in New York later today.
Perhaps today will be a turning point in the campaign. Perhaps for the next 55 days, the candidates will stick to the issues, tell us how they plan to govern, avoid unfounded attacks, and inspire us to a more perfect union. That would be the most fitting tribute to everyone who has died in the name of America, whether on the streets of Lower Manhattan or the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.