Jeff Jarvis notes that Vietnam is no longer a dirty word for Democrats. Vietnam split and weakened the party and divided the whole country. We’ve been living with that cultural cold war ever since.
This reminds me of my suggested campaign theme (or meme) for Kerry: Kerry the Redeemer:
Kerry has stood on both sides of the divide, and in him we can elect someone who will put that history behind us and move forward with a reintegrated society, a sort of truth- and- reconciliation movement of the mind.