The Democrats unveiled their plan:
Emboldened by President Bush’s declining approval ratings, Democrats unveiled a national security platform yesterday for the midterm elections that stresses renewed focus on capturing Osama bin Laden, reducing the U.S. presence in Iraq and stepped up protection at home.
The new strategy, which comes after months of deliberations and several false starts, aims to neutralize the advantage Republicans have held on national security and terrorism issues, that Democrats acknowledge were critical in the GOP’s midterm gains in 2002 and in Bush’s reelection victory over Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004.
Flanked by former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright and retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark, Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowed that Democrats could do a better job of defending the country than the administration has done since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The rest of the story is more of the same old, same old. The Democrats claim the GOP is reckless, Cheney responds that the Democrats are pussies. Yada, yada, yada.
How will this play with voters? Beats me.
‘Getting Osama’ isn’t so much a plan as it is a goal, but the public is fatigued by American presence in Iraq, so this might work in November. I would think the issue that would play the best would be the domestic security issue, and that would explain why the Democrats were so eager to freak out over the Dubai Port Deal- it was simply the warm-up for this.
Just as a side note- I am not sure how terrifying Osama is anymore. Other than a few video tapes and the like here and there, he has been relatively silent for a while, so I am not sure if he carries the same sort of fear factor as he once did (although the Republicans did a pretty good job of branding Osama into a generalized threat, so I may be wrong).