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If you were wondering about the Democrats' evolving foreign policy, wonder no more. They've made it clear they'll flatter and talk to anyone, even terrorists. They just won't talk to President Bush.

Fresh from the diplomatic travesty of her trip to the Mideast, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has let it be known that she, along with Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, might soon journey to Iran to talk to the mullahs and their terror-supporting sheriff, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

According to Mr. Lantos, he and Ms. Pelosi are just executing "an alternative Democratic foreign policy." That is, an "alternative" to the one the Constitution authorizes the one and only president of the United States to conduct.

Funny, but when Ms. Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic leaders were invited by said president to sit down and discuss funding for the war against terror, they declined. "What the president invited us to do was come to his office so that we could accept, without any discussion, the bill that he wants," Ms. Pelosi said.

We wonder. Is that the essence of the new Democratic foreign policy - talk to terrorists, but not to President Bush?

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It's one thing when a Democrat, like Howard Dean running for president the last time around, declares, as he did, that he wanted to be the candidate of "guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks." It's quite another thing when someone running for the nomination of the Party of Lincoln, as Rudolph W. Giuliani and Mitt Romney are, refers to the Confederate flag as simply a state issue, as they have. Granted, it is technically up to each state to decide the design of its state flag, and where to fly it. But that's just the beginning of the matter.

Anyone hoping to be president of the United States of America owes it to national unity and historical accuracy to go beyond that and note that to many Americans, the flag is a symbol of the evil of slavery and of a secession effort that threatened to destroy the union of our nation. Anything short of that is unseemly pandering to Southern voters. Mr. Giuliani is admired as much as he is because of his reputation as a straight-talking New Yorker. A presidential campaign is no time for Mr. Giuliani or Mr. Romney to start talking like Trent Lott or Howard Dean or Jefferson Davis. The Republican president for them to emulate on this issue, unapologetically, is Lincoln.

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