Democratic National Committee Launches Web Ad On "Stay The Course" Rhetoric
The Democratic National Committee has launched a new Internet-only advertising campaign on the Bush Administration's sudden departure from the phrase "stay the course."
After a lengthy series of dated clips from 2003 to 2006 from President Bush, Vice President Cheney and others using the phrase "stay the course," the advertisement then shows Bush last month saying that "we've never been 'stay the course.'" The tag line reads: "Mr. President, America deserves more than a change in rhetoric, America deserves a change in policy. Democrats: A new direction for America."
It's a potentially effective message, refuting empty Bush Administration spin. But an Internet-only campaign will never have the impact of a broad television campaign. Why not run the ad in key districts nationwide?
And while the DNC is at it, here are some other video clips that Americans should be reminded of:
-- At a 2002 press conference, just six months after 9/11, Bush said that he was "not that concerned" with Bin Laden, who he said had been "marginalized."
-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in early 2003, said of the pending Iraq War: "It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."
-- At the 2004 Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner, President Bush joked while "candid" photos -- projected onto a screen -- showed him unable to find Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. One featured him under his desk, with this narration: "'Nope, no weapons over there."
-- Vice President Cheney, in May 2005, said: "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."
-- Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, speaking in March: "I know we've made tactical errors, thousands of them I'm sure."
That's a montage people need to see.