It is far better to confront critics than to avoid them.
In Britain, during the Margaret Thatcher era, the conservative prime minister's Cabinet members did interviews even with the publication Marxism Today. They were willing to confront their critics. They enjoyed the clash of ideas. They relished the opportunity to prove that they were without fear, and they dared their critics to distort their words.
That's the sort of swashbuckling politics that Obama and the other men and women who would be president owe the United States.
--The Capital Times (Feb. 27, 2007)
They knew Bob LaFollette; Bob LaFollette was a friend of theirs; but Bob LaFollette was no Margaret Thatcher.