In his sharpest rebuke of the Democrats this year, Bush told a news conference that they don’t understand the nature of the world we live in today:
“These are challenging times, and they’re difficult times, and they’re straining the psyche of our country. Nobody wants to turn on their TV on a daily basis and see havoc wrought by terrorists. What matters is that in this campaign that we clarify the different points of view. And there are a lot of people in the Democrat Party who believe that the best course of action is to leave Iraq before the job is done — period — and they’re wrong.”
Before the job is done? But wasn’t the job done back in May 2003?
Don’t think that the President’s use of the term “Democrat Party” isn’t calculated either. It’s really a derogatory usage meant to, as Hendrik Hertzberg notes in a great piece in last week’s New Yorker, “deny the enemy the positive connotations of its chosen appellation.”
Bush Argues Democrats Don’t Understand Threat to U.S. [nyt]
The “Ic” Factor> [the new yorker]