Orrin Hatch did a nice job of summarizing the Republican view of what role terrorism should play in this election. During an appearance on Hardball (after backing the notion that terrorists around the world are hoping for a Kerry victory) he explained the following:
If there are no terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between now and election day, you should vote for Bush because he has successfully defended the nation. If there is a terrorist attack between now and election day, then you should vote for Bush because he will defend the nation.
Everyone got it?