Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Safire vs. Cheney

William Safire accuses the Democrats of using fear to win the election.

[T]he Fear Room at Kerry campaign headquarters is on a hair trigger to turn any breaking news into a personal threat.

[…]

After approving ads that strike fear into U.S. television viewers by exploiting terrorist beheadings of Americans, John Kerry had the chutzpah to say of Bush’s reminders of 9/11: “He’s scaring people.” That was a classic Fear Room maneuver: as soon as editorial revulsion at scare tactics breaks into print, direct that reaction at the other side.

Meanwhile, in Ohio:

Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday raised the possibility of terrorists bombing U.S. cities with nuclear weapons and questioned whether Sen. John Kerry could combat such an “ultimate threat … you’ve got to get your mind around.”

“The biggest threat we face now as a nation is the possibility of terrorists ending up in the middle of one of our cities with deadlier weapons than have ever before been used against us – biological agents or a nuclear weapon or a chemical weapon of some kind to be able to threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans,” Cheney said.

“That’s the ultimate threat. For us to have a strategy that’s capable of defeating that threat, you’ve got to get your mind around that concept,” Cheney said. [AP]

C’mon, you guys; you both get the same memos from Karl Rove. Get your stories straight, willya?