Friday, March 5, 2004

Hands Off 9/11

An editorial in the New York Times warns against politicizing 9/11:

When we think of 9/11, we think of loss, and of the heroism of average people who reached out in ways great and small to help their fellow men and women. Any political candidate who attempts to piggyback onto those emotions deserves to be shunned by the electorate. Speaking of 9/11 in January 2003, President Bush told The Associated Press that he had “no ambition whatsoever to use this as a political issue.” We applaud that sentiment.

There’s already a backlash brewing against the Bush/Cheney ads with the images of the flag at Ground Zero and a clip of firefighters removing a body, and families of victims are speaking out. But it’s a two-edged sword, and it might not be a bad idea for the Democrats not to exploit 9/11 by exploiting the exploitation. After all, we all knew Bush would use 9/11 for political advantage. There are so many other issues – the economy, the war, the lying, the cover-ups – that we can win this election without going near 9/11. Let the Republicans dig themselves out of that one on their own.