Larry Kudlow says in his most recent National Review article that President Bush is filling the political vacuum with a winning message that could lead the Republicans to victory in November.
Believe it or not President George W. Bush might be the one to nationalize the election, and in doing so pull Republican chestnuts out of the fire.
In the Rose Garden this week, Bush predicted Republican victories in November, saying the GOP “philosophy is one that is forward looking and optimistic.” He’s right. The Democrats are still the party of pessimism. Vice President Cheney recently said that Republicans will prevail in the midterms because of the strong economy and the ability of the Bush administration to prevent another terrorist attack. Now that’s a winning message.
And it’s filling a vacuum.
Killing Zarqawi triggered a chorus of Democratic negativism. A strong new government in Iraq elicited catcalls from Democrat John Murtha. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid showed up at a left-wing bloggers conference in Las Vegas, only to talk troop withdrawal and spit venom at Bush. Not a message to be seen.
The U.S. military takes over 400 al-Qaeda hideaways and for all we know U.S. Special Forces are in hot pursuit of Osama bin Laden. Yet not a single Democrat can admit there is good news on the war front.
I sense a pattern here — and it is bad news for the party on the left. Democrats want to raise your taxes; Republicans want to reduce them. Democrats want to increase spending; Republicans want a reduction. Democrats want to cut and run from Iraq; Republicans want to finish the mission.
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