Stay the course? Don't mock it till you've tried it...
Just as the public was turning against the war and the war president; just as Dems were gaining momentum: "Rove managed to link Iraq with 911 again, and to delegitimate the Democrats in the process. And he did it with the DemocratsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ help," writes George Lakoff. "Rove achieved this brilliantly Ã¢â‚¬â€œ in one sentence!
'Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.'When the Democrats took the bait, Rove reeled them in. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what he achieved:
- Rove changed the context of discourse, from BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disaster in Iraq, to support for Bush in the wake of 911.
- The Democrats had had the Republicans playing defense; Rove put them on offense and the Democrats on defense."