Monday, August 30, 2004

a test for the kerry team ?

after spending the last 10 days or having their hats utterly handed to them by the Bush campaign a la 'Swift Boat Veterans for Truth', let's see if the Kerry team is prepared to learn a lesson and play hardball. As Josh Marshall notes, from President Bush on the Today Show:

When asked “Can we win?” the war on terror, Bush said, “I don’t think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that the — those who use terror as a tool are — less acceptable in parts of the world.”

reasonable quote, reasonable sentiment, and a reasonably ENORMOUS mistake if the Kerry team is unafraid to use Bush's tactics against him. "President Bush doesn't think we CAN win the war on terror. I think we can, and we MUST. And I'll do it by . . . " These are the kinds of statements the GOP has mastered making news out of - 'sensitive war' multiplied exponentially. If Bush isn't forced to spend the next 5 days explaining what he meant by 'we can't win the war on terror' then the Kerry campaign has ceded a remarkably important field.

- LH


At August 31, 2004 at 11:51 AM, Blogger Master-Blaster and Lord Humungus said...

update: the kerry campaign has come out swinging on this issue, and appears to be landing some punches - ``First George W. Bush said he miscalculated the war in Iraq, then he called it a catastrophic success and blamed the military,'' Kerry spokeswoman Allison Dobson said. ``Now he says we can't win the war on terror. Is that what (chief Bush political strategist) Karl Rove means when he calls for steady leadership?''

its a great start - let's hope the campaign and the 'liberal media' dont let is slip away too quickly.

- LH


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