Friday, July 09, 2004


This point has likely been made elsewhere and by others, and I haven't had the chance to poke around the Internet to see who has made it -- so I'll just say it here: the Bush crowd is obviously trying to link the Democrats to the terrorists.


Yesterday Tom Ridge called the potential terrorist strikes in the US "an effort to disrupt the democratic process." In other words, if the terrorists strike in the US any time between now and the election, it must clearly be an attempt to scare Americans into voting Bush out of office, just as Al Qaeda scared Spain into dumping its ruling party in favor of the liberal socialists.

It's a win-win way to frame the terrorist threat. If there's no strike, that's because the Bush team has been vigilant in a way that Kerry never could be. If there is a strike, it's a blatant attempt to frighten Americans into voting Democratic. Only through toughness and iron resolve will we be able to protect our president [sic] and his administration from those evildoers.

All of this is implied, of course, in such statements as this one by Tom Ridge: ""We know they have the capability to succeed and they also hold the mistaken belief that their attacks will have an impact on America's resolve."

The subtext is clear, though: Do you want Osama bin Laden to determine the outcome of the 2004 election, or do you love freedom and democracy?

If you're not with Bush, you're with the bad guys.

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