by John Hawkins | November 3, 2003 10:56 pm
Two positive references to the same Democrat on the same day on RWN? Who’d of thunk it? But this quote from Zell Miller about the Democratic candidates for President in the WSJ (free registration required) was just too good to pass up….
“I find it hard to believe, but these naive nine have managed to combine the worst feature of the McGovern campaign–the president is a liar and we must have peace at any cost–with the worst feature of the Mondale campaign–watch your wallet, we’re going to raise your taxes. George McGovern carried one state in 1972. Walter Mondale carried one state in 1984. Not exactly role models when it comes to how to get elected or, for that matter, how to run a country.”
Actually, Zell is touching on the same two points I said that the Bush campaign should run on in 2004, the war and taxes…
” I’d go with, “We cut your taxes and brought the economy back. The Dems are going to raise your taxes. When times were tough for America after 9/11, we fought the terrorists. Can you trust the Democrats to do the same? The War on Terrorism is still going on and we’ve had so much success, do you want to change horses in mid-stream?” Taxes and the war on terrorism would be the 1-2 punches I would beat them with constantly assuming the economy keeps looking good.”
If we have a solid year of economic growth, which looks entirely possible given the good news that’s flooding in, the economy will be a huge plus for Bush.
As far as Iraq goes, six months from now, I expect the casualty numbers coming out of Iraq to look about as they do in Afghanistan for the same reason. We’ll have Iraqis doing most of the fighting by then — which is appropriate since it’s their country — with American air support and back-up. If the casualties drop down to a trickle by then and the American people start to see that their foreign aid was put to good use — which seems to be happening — I think the numbers for the war will go back up to their natural level which I think should be about 60+%.
Time will tell, but I think Bush still looks like a VERY tough opponent to take on in 2004, especially given the relatively weak strength of the “naive nine” as Zell Miller calls them.
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