The Associated Press reported yesterday on a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell to Baghdad to meet with the temp president of Iraq, Ghazi al-Yawer:
Al-Yawer said after his meeting with Powell that rebel forces have been increasing violent attacks recently because they realize they have no chance of winning.Then, this evening, the New York Times posts this article:
“The bad guys, the army of the darkness, are getting more helpless and hopeless. That’s why they are stepping up these things. Time and the place is on our side,” al-Yawer said.
Bush Planning August Attack Against KerryThe “army of the darkness” is indeed getting more desperate, I guess.
President Bush’s campaign plans to use the normally quiet month of August for a vigorous drive to undercut John Kerry by turning attention away from his record in Vietnam to what they described as an undistinguished and left-leaning record in the Senate.
Mr. Bush’s advisers plan to cap the month at the Republican convention in New York, which they said would feature Mr. Kerry as an object of humor and calculated derision.
. . . The decision by Mr. Bush’s aides to continue the attacks on Mr. Kerry up to and including the convention is in keeping with the aggressive tone the White House has struck against Mr. Kerry from the moment he effectively won his nomination in March.
Some Democrats and even some Republicans have argued that such attacks have less power than they once did, and could backfire on Mr. Bush.
I’m curious, though, about that description of the Republican convention being designed to ridicule Kerry. After all the hay they’ve tried to make about supposed Bush-hating Democrats, do they really want to set themselves up to appear far more hateful at their own convention? Should the Democrats start laying the groundwork to vividly make that point over the next few weeks?