Scared Repugs Ratchet Up the Terrorist Rhetoric in the Wake of Lamont's Victory. Get Ready for Some Serious Ugliness
The Republican Party is running scared in the aftermath of anti-war challenger Ned Lamont's upset victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary, and the political consequences it could reap on GOP incumbents in November's midterm elections. The spin machine was on overdrive Wednesday, with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman taking the lead in spewing the incendiary rhetoric about the war in Iraq and its connection, according to the Busheviks, to the war on terror.
With new polls that show that 60% of Americans are against the war, no longer can Karl Rove, Mehlman and the Repuglican talking heads label the anti-war Democrats as "fringe" candidates who represent their party's "extreme wing." Not only do these candidates like Lamont speak for most of their party, but they speak for most of America as well. Polls now prove that to be against the war is to be firmly in America's mainstream. It is war-mongers like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Rove and Mehlman who are statistically out of touch with mainstream America.
Unable to regurgitate the old "fringe" rhetoric, they're quickly shifting the Swift Boat's gears back to the Iraq/bin laden/al Qaeda story. The "fight 'em over there so we don't have to fight 'em over here" bullshit. It worked like a charm in '04, and they're banking on Americans being fooled once again. The spin they'll be driving home for the next 2 1/2 months is that a pullout of Iraq will result in another 9/11-like attack here in the States. Here's what Mehlman said on Wednesday's Hardball with Chris Matthews:
"The lesson he (bin Laden) took out of Beirut when we withdrew, and out of Mogadishu when we withdrew, was that America was weak, and that attacking America would produce the political objectives he was trying to achieve. I absolutely believe that if we were to withdraw from Iraq, not on a military timetable but on a political timetable, the effect would be to embolden the terrorists and encourage more attacks against America."
So there you have it. 2004 all over again. Iraq, Iraq, Iraq, terrorists, Iraq, terrorism, terrorism, Iraq, Iraq, terrorists, Iraq, terrorists, Iraq, terrorists, Iraq, terrorists, terrorists, terrorists....you get the picture. Only this time, most of the country is no longer falling for it.