The Spin Begins
I just saw Matt and Tim discussing Z's death.
The point made by Matt and concurred by Tim was Bush can turn his PR towards Iraq rather than the BS issues of gay marriage and the estate tax repeal. These issues were only on the front burner to solidify his base for the interim.
Guys, those are important issues to Americans. While Iraq teeters and totters towards wherever it winds up, there are other pieces of business to attend. However, should the great Iraq news distract the Administration's enemies from the general issues, then Z's death will result in a better Iraq and passage of the death tax repeal. Damn good.
From Mike Taylor:
From the blog of someone named "Nickle" on the Daily Kos early this morning:
"Tomorrow morning the president will deliver his few lines and a smirk. And somehow he will manage to convince the talking heads that this is a turning point (along with Mission Accomplished, Saddam's capture, Falujah, and voting). And all those people who had never heard of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi before FOX interrupted their news about a shark attack will let out a giant "yee haw."
Completing major military ops, capturing Hussein, re-taking Fallujah and Iraqis voting WERE major turning points, Nickle. Your problem was that they were positive turning points for the US and Iraq.
My guess is that a greater percentage of Fox viewers knew who Zarqawi was than say, NBC "Today Show" viewers.
I didn't notice W smirking this morning. But I expect, in the near future, someone will hand the President Zarqawi's old AK-47. I'm sure that George will have that gun mounted on the office wall, right next to Saddam's old weapon. Maybe then he'll let loose with a smirk. He deserves to.