War Criticism Only Emboldens The Opposition - WH

Published: Tue 5 Oct 2004 10:50 AM
Kerry's Criticism Of The War Only Emboldens The Opposition Party, White House Warns
Debating the wisdom, progress of the war in Iraq has demoralized the president.
Visibly Pissed: Dubya is experiencing a serious lack of self confidence following last week's debate.
Coral Gables, Fla.-- President Bush spent the weekend in a funk, questioning his decision to invade a defanged country that did not represent an imminent threat to the United States.
Between reruns of Blues Clues and Silver Spoons, the leader of the free world replayed debate footage in which Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry launched stinging attacks on his foreign policy decisions since taking office almost four years ago.
As he sat there, eating his third bowl of Fruity Pebbles, Bush began questioning his own judgment in unnecessarily putting Americans in harm's way. But when Alfonso Ribeiro moonwalked across the screen, the president's self-doubt evaporated--at least momentarily.
"How's he do that? Those TV wizards must be using some Hollywood trickery to make it appear that he's gliding backward, much like Kerry and Jim Lehrer employed show business trickery to make it appear that he won the debate."
Seeing the president in such a state of disillusionment and confusion was more than his Republican operatives could take. They immediatley hit the airwaves to try and staunch criticism of the war in Iraq.
Rush Limbaugh berated Democrats for attempting to debate the issues during a presidential campaign.
"You know, I love these liberals who say 'This is an open society. We ought to be able to debate.'" he said. "What they fail to understand is that words have consequences, and if the words are simple enough, the president can understand them, and be hurt by them."
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch told Fox News that Democrats were "consistently saying things that I think undermine our Commander-in-Chief during an election." The chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party recently said Kerry has brought "comfort to America's Democrats." And Bush himself last week warned that Kerry's criticisms can "embolden liberals by sending mixed message[s]."
"Those comments embolden our number one enemy, the Democrats, and send the wrong message to voters."

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