What advice would you give to George W. Bush to help him form a campaign plan to win in 2004? What would the ‘message’ of the campaign be? On what issues would you hammer his opponents? Do you think Dean/Kerry/Clark (whoever you think the nominee will be) have anything in their legislative/political pasts that could be used against them?
Posted by Karol at 12:05 AM
yep, now is the time to jump in there with the cheating!
But I reiterate: more cowboy hats.
I think President Bush will be more on the defensive. All of the Democrat candidates have been very careful not to make to many bold Political ideas public. I.E. the standard Pro-baby, pro-family, pro-job and pro/anti war depending on polls philosophy that cost the Democrats the elections last year.
He has to be more aggressive in getting his word out on all the issues only one of which is Iraq which the media is pointing out and calling a failure day after day. One idea would be to compare Iraq with Germany, Japan or even the South after the Civil War. In each case armed resistance carried on for years after major combat was over and progress was steady but slow, much slower than that in Iraq. He needs to drive home points like that again and again until it finally resonates.
Americas Imperial Future or The need for an Iraqui Civil service.
In May of 2001, the Bush administration proposed wide sweeping energy legislation to provide us with the energy we need. He rightly predicted that massive blackouts would occur unless this legislation was enacted. The left blocked it in the Senate.
I would make his policy to provide us with cheap reliable energy a prime campaign issue. I would emphasize that it is needed for our national defense, as it would reduce the influence of the Arabs on our economy.
You could probably also shoot at the Democrats about the forest fire issue. Basically they shot down a bill to selectively harvest trees to thin out the forest and prevent massive fires in the Western U.S.