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Time Says Bush Can’t “Spin” Terrorism Any More

As you read this piece from Time try to bear in mind that it is not labeled an editorial but is purportedly a news article from a purported news magazine:

U.S. President George W. Bush listens as White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card informs him of a second plane hitting the World Trade Center while Bush was conducting a reading seminar at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, in this September 11, 2001.

Why Bush's Security Pitch May Not Work This Time

His argument that only the GOP can keep the country safe gets a third, tough test

By MIKE ALLEN

Sunday, Sep. 10, 2006

Thirty-five minutes after President Bush finished his surprise East Room announcement last week about plans for prosecuting some of the world's most prominent terrorists, White House and Republican officials convened a conference call of conservative TV pundits and other allies, and later of state party leaders around the country. A participant said listeners were urged to spread the word about the aggressive speech "by talking about it in the context of the election." The message: Republicans are strong, and Democrats are weak. The White House strategy isn't subtle…

But will the gambit work one more time? Many Republicans harbor doubts, and a few dissenters are even steering clear of the President and his game plan. One problem with rerunning an old play is that the opposition figures out how to thwart it. Democrats, having largely steered clear of national-security issues in the 2002 and 2004 campaigns for fear their war reservations and civil-liberties concerns would brand them as effete, are embracing the topic, and they appear to have found their voice with a steady insistence that Iraq has been mishandled. Thus, for the first time in the five years since 9/11, national security is a jump ball…

Deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove, the architect one last time, says he is confident that voters will buy the President's message. "Given a choice between doing the job and walking away, they will want to do the job," Rove tells Time. "Given a choice between winning and losing, the American people will always pick winning." But the trouble for Bush is that, at the moment, lots of folks think he lacks a winning formula…

The issue is poisonous enough to have provoked a revolt by a few imperiled Republican candidates, who either have refused to follow the White House advice to beat the war drums or are modifying it drastically to try to save their skin…

The G.O.P. has scourged the opposition as the party of cut and run, but that tack is of limited value when the Democratic leadership has reined in calls by members for a prompt withdrawal from Iraq and when most Americans no longer support the war…

And it's not just Bush's handling of Iraq that Democrats are targeting but also the larger war on terrorism. Democrats have begun to echo a message template e-mailed to them by party leaders: "President Bush and his Republican Congress have not learned the lessons of 9/11 and, as a result of their failed policies in Iraq and in the War on Terror, America is less safe." This is where the White House does not want Democrats to get traction…

Which may help explain why the White House so excitedly trumpeted Bush's announcement last week that the Administration was transferring 14 high-profile al-Qaeda terrorists to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…

If the idea was to dare Democrats to oppose those counterterrorism measures, they were on to the trick… "This time we're not taking the bait," declared a Democratic aide.

That took the air out of Bush's premature October surprise. Anyway, an October surprise isn't much use in September. And between now and the November voting, Bush is likely to find that opportunities for spinning news about terrorism, which tends to help the Republicans, will come up less often than bad news about his millstone, Iraq. The day after his East Room talk, at least 45 people died in violence in Iraq. It wasn't even a particularly bad day.

Pretty objective, huh? And just jam packed with news and facts.

Ever notice how our one party media always faithfully presents the DNC talking points of the day as real news? But any GOP initiative is always presented as Machiavellian scheming and "spinning."

And between now and the November voting, Bush is likely to find that opportunities for spinning news about terrorism, which tends to help the Republicans, will come up less often than bad news about his millstone, Iraq. The day after his East Room talk, at least 45 people died in violence in Iraq. It wasn't even a particularly bad day.

How many will die in Iraq if we cut and run? How many more Americans will die if we give the terrorists another victory?

And who will be blamed by the professional scolds at Time? George Bush, of course.

No, to Time it is all just a game. And all they want is their side (their masters at the DNC) to win.

And to hell with everything else.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 10th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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