The backdrop to the

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The backdrop to the Clark-bashing from the White House and its helpers. This from Charlie Cook’s weekly newsletter “Off To The Races” …

For the White House, it is particularly important that Clark’s credibility be impeached as soon as possible. President Bush now has a
40 percent disapproval rating on “handling foreign policy and terrorism.” That is without a Democrat with any credibility in national
security having thrown a punch. A credible Clark could inflict some very serious damage on this president, particularly after Bush’s admission
last week that there was no direct connection between the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and Saddam Hussein. That was news to 69 percent of
Americans, who told Washington Post pollsters in August they thought a connection was likely. The Bush campaign cannot afford to have a
credible Clark throwing fastballs at them for the next 15 months, whether he is the nominee, running mate or sitting on the sidelines.

This isn’t rocket science, people. This is how they operate. Don’t think it’s random. If you go over to the Fox News website, you can see their featured video clip (page down on the left) with Brit Hume repeating the ridiculous Standard-peddled phone log canard : “White House phone logs suggest Wesley Clark is telling tales once again.” You’ve seen this before. As I say, it’s how they operate.
The only question is whether the legit press gets dragged into it, as they have in the past. It’s a test for them.

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