Thursday, October 07, 2004

We Give Them Points for Candor 

John Aravosis of AmericaBlog discovered this nugget buried deep in a Washington Post story about the President's campaign sp-- excuse us; of course we meant to say major policy statement -- yesterday:
The strongly worded speech, which indicted Kerry as a "tax-and-spend liberal," was timed to deflect criticism of Bush's Iraq policy from such key sources as former Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. weapons inspector and the State Department. A Bush adviser said the president hopes to change the dynamics of the race with more biting attacks on Kerry's record and trustworthiness and on what Bush charges is Kerry's reluctance to use U.S. military force to defeat terrorism. The strategy is aimed at stoking public fears about terrorism, raising new concerns about Kerry's ability to protect Americans and reinforcing Bush's image as the steady anti-terrorism candidate, aides said.
Say what you will, the Bush mob is not afraid to defy conventional wisdom. If it had been up to us, we would have done it the other way around: tell the truth about Cheney meeting Edwards, and keep quiet about the despicable campaign tactic of frightening the public for political gain. But that's what marks us as Old School.

And, as Aravosis points out, the "strategy" may have troughed too soon; with almost four weeks remaining until the election, how can Team Bush possibly stoop any lower than this?

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