Defense wins championships. That is the mantra of the National Football League, and it is a valid concept. Last year’s Super Bowl was decided when one of the best quarterbacks in league history couldn’t take the ball downfield against a gambling New Orleans Saints secondary. Superlative defenses are why nondescript quarterbacks such as Trent Dilfer and Jim McMahon own Super Bowl rings while Hall of Fame passers such as Fran Tarkenton and Dan Marino do not.
But politics is not football. And in politics, it is offense that transforms the nation.