"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Bin Laden popping up like a malignant jack-in-the-box four days before the balloting may bolster John Kerry's argument that Bush should have finished wiping out Al Qaeda before turning his attention to Iraq.
But it also refocused the nation on terrorism, which polls show helps Bush. And it reminds voters of their horror on Sept. 11 and Bush's well-received response, as well as obliterating the recent flood of bad news for Bush.
"We want people to think 'terrorism' for the last four days," said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. "And anything that raises the issue in people's minds is good for us."
A senior GOP strategist added, "anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush."
He called it "a little gift," saying it helps the President but doesn't guarantee his reelection.
The mind just reels. A man who ordered the deaths of nearly 3,000 innocent American civilians has been allowed to roam free for three years, in apparent comfort (I saw Candy Crowley on CNN this morning, and she noted that the network's technical crew admired the production values of the new bin Laden tape), and these knuckleheads call that a "little gift." I presume that the thank-you note is in the mail.
(Hat tip to The Talent Show, via Raw Story.)