28th June 07:26
#Dean campaign ignites despite well-meaning advice from rightwingers
The Bush economy will speak for itself next year during the campaign. So
will post-war Iraq.
But, despite Bush's exploitation of post-9/11 nationalism, he'll have a
hard time justifying Iraq on national security terms unless he finds a
smoking gun. Right now, he's got no ties between Saddam and al Qaeda to
justify his invasion of Iraq and he's got no WMD, much less any evidence
of Saddam being an imminent threat to the US. With the no-fly zones
controlling essentially 2/3's of Iraq, Saddam was no regional threat either.
The Bush tax cuts are responsible for we over 1/2 of the deficit which
will be either the largest or second largest in history in *real* terms.
If his one-trick pony of supply-side economics doesn't set the economy
on fire and tame the deficit, he might not just be sitting with Iraqi
WMD egg on his face.
Given this, any Democrat hoping to unseat Bush better be able to
criticize him on these two issues. Too many weenie Democrats supported
Bush when the public opinion polls were going his way and now want to
snipe as he's beginning to slide. Two-faced Democrats will be easy
targets in Bush campaign ads.
All of the above is why the Republicans are scared to death of Dean and
keep being oh-so-helpful in giving Democrats free advice to dump him in
favor of one of the two-faced Democrats.
If Iraq goes Bush's way and the economy goes his way then no Democrat
will have a chance no matter what issues they raise. And, to be frank,
if Bush is proved right on Iraq and the economy he should get reelected.
"Stupidity's the deliberate cultivation of ignorance."
-- William Gladdis
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