Jim VandeHei reports in today's Washington Post that Vice President Cheney
suggested last night that the debate over spying on overseas communications to or from terrorism suspects should be a political issue in this year's congressional elections....
His comments reflected the emerging GOP plan to make national security and terrorism the centerpiece of House and Senate elections. White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove telegraphed the strategy last month when he told a Republican audience that "we are dealing with two parties that have fundamentally different views on national security."
Cheney's comments were the closest a top White House official has come to calling for the NSA program to be a political matter.
Democrats have criticized the White House for politicizing national security issues such as the USA Patriot Act and NSA surveillance.
It's unclear whether the GOP strategy will work, however.
And Democrats haven't been using Iraq, Iran, the failure to get OBL, the Patriot Act, the NSA surveillance program and on and on in an effort to gain political advantage? Please. Remember Sen. Harry Reid's stunt a while back forcing the entire Senate into a secret session on Iraq? The problem for Democrats is that the majority of voters don't agree with them, as Sen. Kerry found out.