Some questions based on the news from Britain of the foiled airline-hijacking ring:
- How soon do you think it will be before Dick Cheney tells us that it’s all the fault of Ned Lamont and his “cut-and-run” Democrats?
- How many Americans do you think will react to the news by embracing the Bush administration because of its strong-against-terror rhetoric?
- How many Americans do you think will instead wonder how pouring blood and money into Iraq for the last three years helped us prevent such plots?
- Will voters think, “By God, we’d better win in Iraq or they’ll come after us here at home?” Or, “Why did these guys waste the last three years on a losing battle in Iraq when they should have been fighting the real enemies who attacked us on 9/11?”
- Is it “Thank goodness for tough-talking leaders?” — or “Why didn’t these idiots keep their eye on the ball?”
The Republicans want people to think that only they are strong enough to fight terrorists. The Democrats need to keep reminding people that the Republicans have actually run their “war on terror” as a vast exercise in waste, incompetence, corruption and failure. There’s no strength in their strong talk. Maybe this time the bluster will backfire.
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