The $87 Billion: The Bush team is now trying to hit Kerry hard for his vote against the $87 billion for the Iraq effort. Does Kerry’s protest vote make him soft on defense? Does it imply that he is unsupportive of the troops? Was the debate over the $87 billion ever even related to the portion of the money that would be used for troop support? Of course not (thrice). But Kerry will have to figure out a way to make that clear in about a half-a-sentence or less. Meanwhile, the Bush team will have to decide how hard to push the image of the “war president” when many around the country are trending negative on the Iraq issue.
. . . Wednesday March 17, 2004