Press the Advantage
11:01 AM, Aug 22, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
Today's USA Today/Gallup http://poll.gallup.com/ target=_blank>poll shows an up tick in the president's approval rating. It's now 42 percent, "suggesting that more positive evaluations of Bush could be tied to his handling of terrorism." Other polls also show a GOP advantage on security-related issues. An AP poll conducted well before the news of the latest terror bomb plot found:
As I have noted before, if Democrats were hitting Republicans from the right on national security, the GOP would be in far deeper trouble. But naturally they're not, which gives Republicans an opening to schedule as many security-related votes (with lots of debate) as possible before November 7. Also, Ned Lamont will likely say a lot of things before election day that will help make the GOP's case against the Democrats. Republicans should nationalize his comments as much as possible and note all the major Democrats who are actively campaigning for Lamont against the hawkish Lieberman. Americans aren't going to buy the Frank Rich line (see Sunday's New York Times) that the Lamont Democrats really are tough as nails on the terror front.