[Our Karl Rove] This Just In: Purse Strings Have Strings Attached

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Congressional Democrats,

A defining moment for the Democratic brand is upon you: how you handle the showdown with the President over Iraq War funding will be inevitably tied to the Democratic Party's ability to lead this country.

Congressional Democrats, A defining moment for the Democratic brand is upon you: how you handle the showdown with the President over Iraq War funding will be inevitably tied to the Democratic Party's ability to lead this country.

I can appreciate what you're doing -- fulfilling your political mission to challenge the current war policy because you were voted into the majority to do just that. While passing bills that attempt to handcuff the Commander-in-Chief in his ability to set war policy certainly smacks of chutzpah, you can do much better in positioning your actions and rationale with the American people.

The bill you recently sent to the President has timetables attached to the money he needs to continue his war policy. Yet Bush is effortlessly brushing aside your advances. It turns out, he's not interested in the dance (look, if he was interested in mingling with a spunky dance partner, do you think he would have married Laura?)

I understand that it is very hard to see the forest for the trees when you live and work in the forest. This is precisely why Our Karl Rove exists -- so take heed of Your Karl Rove's advice to make sure that what makes sense for the country also makes sense to the country.

   "We're not giving you a spending bill. We're giving you an accountability bill."

To read more talking points -- and a special postscript regarding gun control laws in the wake of the VA Tech massacre -- please feel free to visit http://ourkarlrove.com

Tags: Elections, Karl Rove, messaging, Politics, strategy (all tags)

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Re: [Our Karl Rove] This Just In: Purse Strings Ha

This is interesting.  Found it on Talking Points Memo.  Reid laid down a nice little threat to Jr.

"Reid talked about a recent conversation he had with a retired general where they talked about the similarities between the current situation and Vietnam," the source relates. "He talked about how the President and Secretary of Defense [during Vietnam] knew that the war was lost but continued to press on at the cost of thousands of additional lives lost."

"The analogy to Vietnam appeared to touch a nerve with the President. He appeared a little sensitive to it," the source continued. "And he clearly didn't like to hear people in the room say that the war couldn't be won militarily."

More: "Reid made it clear to the President that he understood that the President and Vice President after the veto would come after him and Speaker Pelosi with everything they have. Reid said that he and Pelosi would respond just as aggressively. He said he was convinced that they were on the right side of the issue."

Tough stuff. This isn't meant to be a comprehensive account; just a bit of color. And no doubt other sources will recall things differently. We're trying to get more -- if we do, you'll be the first to know.

www.talkingpointsmemo.com

by vwcat 2007-04-18 04:26PM | 0 recs

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