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Dems Planned To Undercut Bush In 2003

From Capitol Hill Blue via the Internet Wayback Machine:

Dems plan to undermine America to beat Bush

Jan 6, 2003, 19:21

Democrats plan to undermine public confidence in President George W. Bush by challenging his credibility and raising doubts about America, sources within the party tell Capitol Hill Blue.

A multi-pronged attack against Republicans and the President will focus not only on economic issues, but question American values, raise doubts about how this country is viewed by other nations and question the patriotism of Bush and his party.

The extensive campaign, developed by senior Democratic consultants and party leaders, was launched last week with attacks on the Bush economic plan by Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Richard Gephardt.

In coming weeks, Democratic elected officials will question the President’s intentions on the pending war with Iraq. Writers and broadcasters friendly to the Democratic cause have already been provided talking points suggesting the war is about oil, not terrorism.

“The talking points were developed before the end of last year and sent out to operatives and friendly media,” one Democratic consultant confided. “No Democratic member of Congress will question the President’s patriotism openly but we will use the media and other surrogates to raise doubts.”

Capitol Hill Blue obtained a copy of the talking points when the Democratic National Committee sent them to a news outlet recently acquired by CHB’s parent company. The talking points outline a strategy to raise public doubts of the President’s real intentions, including:

— Saying the war is about oil and will be fought to benefit oil companies that have long supported Bush and the Republican party;

— Claiming the Bush administration has “manufactured” evidence against Saddam Hussein and used that evidence to encourage Britain and other allies to join the American fight against Iraq;

— Suggesting a wartime economy is the only way the administration can revive the country’s lagging economic situation.

“It is clear that the current approval ratings of the administration are tied directly to strong American feelings toward traditional values,” the talking points say. “To counter this, doubt must be raised as to America’s true position within the world community and the true intent of the Bush administration in waging war.”

Some Democrats admit privately they are uneasy with the party strategy to undermine American values in an attempt to get Bush.

“My boss doesn’t want anything to do with it,” one senior Senate aide told Capitol Hill Blue on Monday. “You don’t undermine this country to win elections.”

Others, however, are willing to try anything to put the White House and Congress back under Democratic control.

“The real war isn’t in Iraq,” one Democratic consultant said. “It’s right here at home, at the ballot box in 2004.”

Among the other points Democrats hope to make in the coming weeks:

— Both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are controlled by oil and defense industry special interest groups.

— The war on terrorism is a failure because Osama bin Laden is still at large.

— America is unprepared for another terrorist attack because of White House preoccupation with Iraq.

— War will increase the country’s economic woes.

— Bush will be forced to raise taxes to finance the war.

“It’s time to take the battle to the people and make them understand just how dangerous George W. Bush’s policies are to the future of America,” the talking points conclude.

Democratic sources say the talking points were developed by Democratic Chairman Terry McAuliffe, former Clinton campaign strategist James Carville, Senate Majority Leader Daschle and former House Democratic Leader Gephardt.

“This is a classic, Jim Carville, scorched earth campaign,” crows one DNC staffer. “Take no prisoners. That’s how you win elections.”

Democratic party spokesmen would not return phone calls seeking comment on this report.

Long time internet denizens will perhaps recognize the name Doug Thomson and remember his site, Capitol Hill Blue. (Which has recently been resurrected as a typical lunatic left blog.)

Mr. Thompson is a crazy old crank political gadfly who claims to be an old newspaper man. However his and CBH’s credibility fell under suspicion when a source he featured prominently turned out not to exist.

Still, there is no denying that Mr. Thompson had hold of something back in January 2003.

Events have proved him weirdly prescient at least.

(Thanks to Piasa for the heads up.)

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