Fresh Paint
Saturday, March 27, 2004
As in Fib?
White House Trying to Explain Rice Policy

"Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration has a good story to tell about fighting terrorism.... ."

However, pop that popcorn, kids:
Clarke's charges strike at the heart of Bush's re-election campaign, raising questions about credibility, trust and Bush's strongest issue in the polls, the war against terrorism.

``In many ways, having a guy like Clarke do this now is the White House's worst nightmare,'' said Norm Ornstein, political analyst at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Clarke's charges stole the momentum from the Bush campaign's effort to put Democratic rival John Kerry on the defensive with ads suggesting he was weak on national security and the economy.

Respected on national security issues, Clarke held posts at the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Trying to damage Clarke's credibility ``is risky, first of all, because I think he's tough to pull down,'' Ornstein said.

Rice will try to gain ground in the public relations struggle Sunday by appearing on CBS' ``60 Minutes,''....
Good to see this story is going to be kept alive for a few more cycles. Think they're going to regret this? Or do you think CBS's dark lords have ordered a gentle, respectful set of questions, submitted in advance, answers provided by Rove, all girly soft-focus in a living-room-like setting?

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