Sunday, September 19, 2004

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, FantasyLand, USA

Team Bush is wooing its latest creation, Security Moms (can we please once and for all do away with the cheesy categories?):
Bush's strategists say he is trying to reach swing voters by showing how women benefit from his national security and economic policies, and it may be working. A few polls over the past month have shown him narrowing the gender gap that has dogged Republicans since Ronald Reagan's race in 1980. Pollsters said the change is largely because security has become a bigger issue for all voters, making "security moms" one of this election's hot categories and displacing Democrat-friendly issues such as health care and education.

First of all, women haven't benefited from Bush national or international security and economic policies (Iraq. Outsourcing. Health care), and it's not working, not with me. I'm a woman. I'm a mom. I want security. I'm not a damn category.

This is what I'm talkin' about:
(CNN) -- Mothers of U.S. troops serving in Iraq will help Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry make the case Monday that President Bush's optimistic view of the war does not reflect reality, Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said Sunday.

Kerry will make a "major address" on the issue at New York University, where at least five mothers of service members will criticize Bush's leadership in Iraq, McAuliffe told reporters in a conference call.

"They're sick and tired of George W. Bush and his rosy scenarios," he said. "They want America to know the truth, because they're talking to their sons and daughters" who have told them that Bush "is not telling the truth."

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He said the United States has become more isolated, with polls showing international opinion of U.S. policy plummeting.

"We're heading in the wrong direction in Iraq, and the president refuses to admit it," he said. "How can you fix a problem that you refuse to acknowledge exists?"

Instead, he said, Bush simply repeats that U.S.-led forces are making progress.

"He's like an ostrich with his head stuck in the sand," McAuliffe said.

Oh, he's something all right. And his head's stuck someplace, but it's not in sand.

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