Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Bush reveals his 2004 hand prematurely?

No doubt many of you have probably already read this NY Times article in which it is revealed that Bush aides are planning a "late sprint for re-election" in 2004. The plan calls for Bush to focus most of his efforts on the period from his nomination speech on Sept. 2nd (a late date chosen specifically to coincide with the 3rd anniversary of 9/11) until election day. Looking past the reprehensible exploitation of national tragedy that this plan represents, I think this idea could provide a unique opportunity for the Democrats. If the Republicans are serious that they will concentrate most of their efforts into a late sprint then I think the Democrats should take advantage of this and hammer the guy virtually non-stop from now until then. After all, if they are really going to hold their guns until then that means the Democrats will be able to attack with less chance of them fighting back. And, if they do fight back, then that will spoil their plans for a "late sprint". Either way it is good for the Democrats: either fill up the American psyche with negative messages about Bush or disrupt the GOP campaign strategy. Sounds like a win-win to me.


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