There is a battle going on today — a political battle over the death of Osama bin Laden, one year later, and who gets to take credit for it and if they should.
There wasn’t a lot of this noise, though, when President Bush was doing the same thing eight years ago in 2004, running for re-election against John Kerry. They are a series of ads that play on pure fear.
The Huffington Post rediscovers an ad from the 2004 campaign from the Progress for America Voter Fund, a group that was founded by Tony Feather, the political director for Bush’s 2000 campaign.
Now the script:
These people want to kill us. They killed hundreds of innocent children in Russia, 200 innocent commuters in Spain, and 3,000 innocent Americans. John Kerry has a 30-year record of supporting cuts in defence and intelligence and endlessly changing positions on Iraq.
Would you trust Kerry against these fanatic killers? President Bush didn’t start this war, but he did finish it.
Here’s a spot that ran in 2006. It was used to build support of a controversial surveillance system that saw the National Security Agency survey millions of domestic phone calls.
And the Huffington Post points to the script of another ad that directly targets John Kerry and literally asks, “Could John Kerry have shown this leadership” after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks?
And, finally, here’s an ad from Bush’s campaign directly, entitled “Wolves.”
And these are why, on most levels, the Republican pushback is blatantly hypocritical. What was Bush doing? Politicizing a national tragedy. What is Obama doing? Politicizing the killing of a man that masterminded said national tragedy.
How did Bush do this? By playing the “I kept us safe” card and tearing into the opponent’s record. How is Obama doing this? By playing the “I kept us safe” card and tearing into the opponent’s record.
Still — on and on it goes.
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