Aug 30 2006
Now I see why Dick Morris is a formidable political advisor. He has sage advise for Bush and all Republicans for the fall campaign:
Bush and the Republicans need to stop alienating voters by arguing that Iraq is an indispensable front in the War on Terror. They should center their fall campaign to keep control of Congress on the national-security issue sans Iraq.
Bush doesn’t need to reverse course on Iraq. He doesn’t need to pull out the troops and send them home. He doesn’t even need to set a timetable for withdrawal. But he does have to stop talking about Iraq and talk, instead, about homeland security.
Bush and the GOP need to leave a defense of the war in Iraq behind in their bid to keep control of Congress. After all, what is more important to the American people — a war thousands of miles away or the immediate threat to homeland security so recently evidenced by the plot to blow up jetliners over the Atlantic on the London-to-New York route?
Republicans can’t afford to insist on being re-elected for the right reasons. But if they take what American public opinion is prepared to give them, they can yet salvage this election.
Morris is right, mainly because Iraq is now primarily in the hands of the Iraqi’s. We can continue to nurcher them and stand by them (and America is not against this role at all), but it is not an issue. Bush controls the military. Talk about the NSA and FISA and how the system worked before the left tried to dismantle it on the pages of the NY Times. Talk about our successes. Give us examples of why we should stay with conservatives. Risk a little information getting out. At least there will be controlled exposures, not the rampant melee from the liberal press. They did it when Powell divulged intel to argue to get into Iraq. Now is another good time to do it again.