False flag : GOP memo proposes ‘terrorist’ attack


Richard Moore


From Capitol Hill Blue 

GOP memo touts new terror attack as way to reverse party's decline 
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 President's war on terror and allow Bush to
"unite the country" in a "time of national shock and

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 it's a risky
strategy and point out that such scenarios are "blue sky
thinking" that often occurs in political planning

"The President's 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

"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."

The memo outlines other scenarios, including:

--Capture of Osama bin Laden (or proof that he is dead);

--A drastic turnaround in the economy;

--A "successful resolution" of the Iraq war.

GOP memos no longer talk of "victory" in Iraq but use the
term "successful resolution."

"A successful resolution would be us getting out intact
and civil war not breaking out until after the midterm
elections," says one insider.

The memo circulates as Tuesday's disastrous election
defeats have left an already dysfunctional White House in
chaos, West Wing insiders say, with shouting matches
commonplace and the blame game escalating into open

"This place is like a high-school football locker room
after the team lost the big game," grumbles one Bush
administration aide. "Everybody's pissed and pointing the
finger at blame at everybody else."

Republican gubernatorial losses in Virginia and New Jersey
deepened rifts between the Bush administration and
Republicans who find the President radioactive. Arguments
over whether or not the President should make a
last-minute appearance in Virginia to try and help the
sagging campaign fortunes of GOP candidate Jerry Kilgore
raged until the minute Bush arrived at the rally in
Richmond Monday night.

"Cooler heads tried to prevail," one aide says. "Most knew
an appearance by the President would hurt Kilgore rather
than help him but (Karl) Rove rammed it through,
convincing Bush that he had enough popularity left to make
a difference."

Bush didn't have any popularity left. Overnight tracking
polls showed Kilgore dropped three percentage points after
the President's appearance and Democrat Tim Kaine won on

Conservative Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum
told radio talk show host Don Imus Wednesday that he does
not want the President's help and will stay away from a
Bush rally in his state on Friday.

The losses in Virginia and New Jersey, coupled with a
resounding defeat of ballot initiatives backed by GOP
governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in California have set off
alarm klaxons throughout the demoralized Republican
party.  Pollsters privately tell GOP leaders that unless
they stop the slide they could easily lose control of the
House in the 2006 midterm elections and may lose the
Senate as well.

"In 30 years of sampling public opinion, I've never seen
such a freefall in public support," admits one GOP

Democratic pollster Geoffrey Garin says the usual tricks
tried by Republicans no longer work.

"None of their old tricks worked," he says.

Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) admits the GOP is a party
mired in its rural base in a country that's becoming less
and less rural.

"You play to your rural base, you pay a price," he says.
"Our issues blew up in our face."

As Republican political strategists scramble to find a
message - any message - that will ring true with voters,
GOP leaders in Congress admit privately that control of
their party by right-wing extremists makes their recovery
all but impossible.

"We've made our bed with these people," admits an aide to
House Speaker Denny Hastert. "Now it's the morning after
and the hangover hurts like hell."

© Copyright 2005 Capitol Hill Blue 



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