By Kenneth T. Walsh
U.S. News and World Report
Some Republican strategists are increasingly upset with what they consider the overconfidence of President Bush and his senior advisers about the midterm elections November 7–a concern aggravated by the president's news conference this week.
"They aren't even planning for if they lose," says a GOP insider who informally counsels the West Wing. If Democrats win control of the House, as many analysts expect, Republicans predict that Bush's final two years in office will be marked by multiple congressional investigations and gridlock.GOI: In other news: I just saw Bush dedicate the new Air Force memorial in D.C. He couldn't resist using the moment to talk about 9/11 and try to conflate it (yet again) with the war in Iraq. I bet even in private he can't resist conflating any issue with 9/11.
Guest to Whitehouse: "Boy this soup sure is good!!"
Dubya: "Well, if you don't enjoy the soup then the terrorists will have won!! Don't you dare forget that we are living in post-9/11 world!!! Your soup could have a dirty bomb in it!!"
The Setting: A staged audience to hear Dubya speak. Bush is droning on about the war on terror, 9/11 and Iraq. All of a sudden an audience member has a heart attack. His wife yells out, "Someone call 911!!!"
Dubya: "Yes, 911!!! 911 changed everything!! You see this man gets it!! He was so frightened (and rightfully so) by the war on terror that he had a massive heart attack!! Your husband is a victim of a terrorist induced heart-attack. We have to give them heart attacks over there so we don't have to experience them over here. If only more people had heart attacks then maybe more people would fully understand the post 911 world as I do!!! We have to keep a Republican majority in Congress and the Senate to prevent terrorist induced heart attacks. You see, Democrats are weak on heart attacks."