GOP memo touts new terror attack to reverse party's decline

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  1. Chacala_Nayarit macrumors 6502

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    Does this concern anyone else?

    http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7639.shtml

    GOP memo touts new terror attack as way to reverse party's decline
    By DOUG THOMPSON
    Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue
    Nov 10, 2005, 06:19

    A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."

    The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could "validate" the President's war on terror and allow Bush to "unite the country" in a "time of national shock and sorrow."

    The memo says such a reversal in the President's fortunes could keep the party from losing control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections.

    GOP insiders who have seen the memo admit it's a risky strategy and point out that such scenarios are "blue sky thinking" that often occurs in political planning sessions.
    "The President's popularity was at an all-time high following the 9/11 attacks," admits one aide. "Americans band together at a time of crisis."

    Other Republicans, however, worry that such a scenario carries high risk, pointing out that an attack might suggest the President has not done enough to protect the country.

    "We also have to face the fact that many Americans no longer trust the President," says a longtime GOP strategist. "That makes it harder for him to become a rallying point."

    The memo outlines other scenarios, including:
    --Capture of Osama bin Laden (or proof that he is dead);
    --A drastic turnaround in the economy;
    --A "successful resolution" of the Iraq war.

    GOP memos no longer talk of "victory" in Iraq but use the term "successful resolution."

    "A successful resolution would be us getting out intact and civil war not breaking out until after the midterm elections," says one insider.

    The memo circulates as Tuesday's disastrous election defeats have left an already dysfunctional White House in chaos, West Wing insiders say, with shouting matches commonplace and the blame game escalating into open warfare.

    "This place is like a high-school football locker room after the team lost the big game," grumbles one Bush administration aide.

    "Everybody's pissed and pointing the finger at blame at everybody else."

    Republican gubernatorial losses in Virginia and New Jersey deepened rifts between the Bush administration and Republicans who find the President radioactive. Arguments over whether or not the President should make a last-minute appearance in Virginia to try and help the sagging campaign fortunes of GOP candidate Jerry Kilgore raged until the minute Bush arrived at the rally in Richmond Monday night.

    "Cooler heads tried to prevail," one aide says. "Most knew an appearance by the President would hurt Kilgore rather than help him but (Karl) Rove rammed it through, convincing Bush that he had enough popularity left to make a difference."

    Bush didn't have any popularity left. Overnight tracking polls showed Kilgore dropped three percentage points after the President's appearance and Democrat Tim Kaine won on Tuesday.

    Conservative Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum told radio talk show host Don Imus Wednesday that he does not want the President's help and will stay away from a Bush rally in his state on Friday.

    The losses in Virginia and New Jersey, coupled with a resounding defeat of ballot initiatives backed by GOP governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in California have set off alarm klaxons throughout the demoralized Republican party. Pollsters privately tell GOP leaders that unless they stop the slide they could easily lose control of the House in the 2006 midterm elections and may lose the Senate as well.

    "In 30 years of sampling public opinion, I've never seen such a freefall in public support," admits one GOP pollster.

    Democratic pollster Geoffrey Garin says the usual tricks tried by Republicans no longer work.

    "None of their old tricks worked," he says.

    Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) admits the GOP is a party mired in its rural base in a country that's becoming less and less rural.
    "You play to your rural base, you pay a price," he says. "Our issues blew up in our face."

    As Republican political strategists scramble to find a message - any message - that will ring true with voters, GOP leaders in Congress admit privately that control of their party by right-wing extremists makes their recovery all but impossible.

    "We've made our bed with these people," admits an aide to House Speaker Denny Hastert. "Now it's the morning after and the hangover hurts like hell."

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  2. skunk macrumors G4

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    If it means anything at all, a little publicity before the fact would kill it dead.
     
  3. toontra macrumors 6502

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    Surely it could also backfire (no pun intended) - if Bush spent billions of dollars, invaded countries, authorised torture and secret prisons, suffered huge military casualties and STILL couldn't prevent a terrorist attack then hopefully pertinent questions would be asked about his "war on terror".
     
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    Has anyone found a legitimate news source that's reporting this? All I have found on Google News so far (when searching for "terror attack memo") is a handful of blog posts pointing back to this "Capitol Hill Blue" story.
     
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    I guess barring confirmation, I'll defer opinion on the early part of that quote. But...

    I guess they're done using Bush. He was the neocons' puppet, but he's not useful anymore.

    I find that an odd comment, since it's usually been easier for Democrats to gain control of the Senate than the House. I'd expect the Senate to return to the Democrats first.
     
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    If the Republicans would just tell us what building they will be targeting here in manhattan Ill be sure to call in sick that day.
     
  8. trebblekicked macrumors 6502a

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    i'm sure some of you were kidding around, but come on guys. we shouldn't be discussing this; unnamed source after unnamed source speaking like middle schoolers, poor sentence structure...this is a tabloid- dirty politics at it's worst. you know, the kind of stuff we get mad at the right wing for doing?

    might some republican power brokers be thinking this? who knows. are they dumb enough to write it down? no way in hell.
     
  9. skunk macrumors G4

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    I think it could be credibly translated as the GOP realizing they haven't got a hope in hell unless Osama helps them out, not that they're actually planning an attack themselves. Read that way, it's probably true.
     
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    i don't disagree with your statement, skunk.

    it's just that's the way i'd rather have it presented- as your statement. this opinion posing as evidence stuff really gets my knickers in a bunch- especially when it's from the left. we don't need that kind of nonsense. i'm sure we can all express our feelings on this issue well enough without resorting to multiple "unnamed sources close to so and so...", you know what i mean?

    we wouldn't accept this tripe from hannity or drudge, we shouldn't accept it from capitol hill blue.

    then again, if this turns out to be true, i'll be eating crow with a side of my hat, somehow squeezing it past the foot in my mouth. ;)
     
  11. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    i was discussing this idea with a friend last night. we agreed that another attack now would actually lessen bush's popularity, not increase it. we reckoned that this was not the case even a year ago.

    he maintained this administration is beyond saving now, but i wasn't so sure. i put forth a scenario for which he agreed would boost bush's standing:

    <base scenario>
    twin barbara bush is kidnapped by unknown extremists while attending some function in miami.
    </base scenario>

    of course, it would be staged w/ bush's full knowledge. if this alone, plus twin jenna's impassioned televised pleas, does not yield the desired change in poll data, more information is released:

    <subsequent scenario>
    the adminstration learns the extremists are cuban and have spirited barbara to that island.
    </subsequent scenario>

    now the adminstration has cause to invade Y.A.C (yet another country). after tying the extremists to castro, he is overthrown and "democracy installed." this has the added effect of removing a chavez ally.

    if the poll numbers are satisfactory, barbara is found safe. if not (and this is where bush didn't know about Plan B), she is found dead.

    hello, rocketing poll numbers.
     
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    I think you may be onto something with the "televised" part, but I think you'd have better luck if it involved Barbara and Jenna and some whipped cream.
     
  13. solvs macrumors 603

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    I call BS as well, but it's sad that we can see this as probably something they're really talking about. As we've seen after Katrina though, if we did have another disaster, people are just going to be pissed at the administration's incompetance. Especially if they tried to blame the local government. Or Democrats. That stuff only flies for so long.
     
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    Do not overlook the importance of cherries ... gotta have some of those to complement the whipped cream.
     
  15. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    It could very well be, especially since it comes from those possessing a bunker mentality.
     
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    Oh, those were gone a long time agoCANCEL CANCEL CANCEL
     

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