Terrorism should be a winning issue for Republicans in 2010. In the year since Obama came into office promising to keep the country safe, we have had 3 attacks.

The first was the June shooting at the Arkansas Recruiting Center by Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad.

The second was the Ft. Hood shooting by Nidal Malik Hasan.

The third was the Christmas day attempted airliner bombing by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

The truth is, it is highly unlikely that anyone could have forseen or stopped any of these events. But the truth didn’t slow the Democrats down a bit when the Republicans were in power. Pay back’s a bitch, as they say.

In each of these cases there were plenty of unconnected dots, advanced warnings, and documented suspicious behaviors that were either missed or ignored. Political correctness seems to have become more important than fighting terrorism. Winning the hearts and minds of Muslims has not mollified them.

Besides being good campaign issues, the Republicans should open a few investigations and organize their talking points for the Sunday shows, mailings and everything else.

After going on ad nausea about how Bush’s war on terror has left the country unsafe, this issue is a gift from heaven to the Republicans. That is, if they choose to use it, and use it effectively.