GOP memo touts new terror attack as way to reverse party’s decline
By DOUG THOMPSON
Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue
Nov 10, 2005, 06:19
A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and “restore his image as a leader of the American people.”
The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could validate the Presidents war on terror and allow Bush to unite the country in a time of national shock and sorrow.
The memo says such a reversal in the President’s fortunes could keep the party from losing control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections.
GOP insiders who have seen the memo admit its a risky strategy and point out that such scenarios are blue sky thinking that often occurs in political planning sessions.
The Presidents popularity was at an all-time high following the 9/11 attacks, admits one aide. Americans band together at a time of crisis.
Other Republicans, however, worry that such a scenario carries high risk, pointing out that an attack might suggest the President has not done enough to protect the country.
We also have to face the fact that many Americans no longer trust the President, says a longtime GOP strategist. That makes it harder for him to become a rallying point.