Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Refreshing

Bush stepped into the political arena today, using his bully pulpit to provide some refreshing commentary on the upcoming elections:

“What matters is that in this campaign that we clarify the different points of view,” Mr. Bush said from the press secretary’s podium in the White House conference center up the street from the Oval Office. “And there are a lot of people in the Democrat Party who believe that the best course of action is to leave Iraq before the job is done — period — and they’re wrong.”

This is nice: straightforward and clear. This type of politics (that is, saying what you mean and talking about whats actually been said instead of making accusations) is the way to go. I think standing up tall and saying in plain English "I stand here, he stands there" will go a long way to prevent the opposition from obfuscating the issues.

Nancy Pelosi was ever-predictable --
Democrats have sought to stoke public displeasure with the war, and they seized on Mr. Bush’s remarks about Iraq as evidence that he was choosing to stay with a failed policy.

“The president’s promise to keep American forces in Iraq as long as he is in office is no substitute for an effective plan to complete the mission,” Representative Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader in the House of Representatives, said in a statement. “Democrats believe its time for a new direction in Iraq, with responsible redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq that begins this year.”

I really think this is the crux of the issue at hand. The Democrats can grandstand all they want to, say "Promise != Plan" and say that "We'll do better" but that really gets them nowhere. Their plan is, what? Instead of having troops there, to not have troops there? Their effective plan to win is to leave? Brilliant scheming, Left. Bottom of the ninth and you want to walk off of the mound. This is the issue right here that will decide this election. All Republicans have to do is say "We have a plan" show them the progress being made (such as the Iraqi Army being reading to assume full control of 16 of 18 provinces) and show, by contrast, that calling a retreat a "responsible redeployment" does not a plan make.

Lastly, this article employs the call-and-response technique, although not as baldly as the wire articles coming out of Iraq do:
“What matters is that in this campaign that we clarify the different points of view,” Mr. Bush said from the press secretary’s podium in the White House conference center up the street from the Oval Office. “And there are a lot of people in the Democrat Party who believe that the best course of action is to leave Iraq before the job is done — period — and they’re wrong.”

In calling the opposition the “Democrat Party” Mr. Bush was repeating a truncated, ungrammatical version of the party’s name that some Democrats have called a slight, an assertion the White House dismissed as ridiculous.

Later the author employs the opposite, which I'm coining call-and-endorse:

“The president’s promise to keep American forces in Iraq as long as he is in office is no substitute for an effective plan to complete the mission,” Representative Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader in the House of Representatives, said in a statement. “Democrats believe its time for a new direction in Iraq, with responsible redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq that begins this year.”

The dissatisfaction over the war now extends even to Republican officeholders, with some who supported the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 expressing displeasure with the execution of the war.

Its an home-run with a riposte, then a one-two punch, nothin' but net to win the superbowl (forgive my mixed analogies).

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