The stage is set

Get ready. The furor and slander the democrats hoped to create by calling for Rice to appear publicly before the 9/11 panel, in spite of the longstanding principle of Presidential advisor confidentiality, may just backfire.

“The president recognizes the truly unique and extraordinary circumstances underlying the commission’s responsibility to prepare a detailed report on the facts and circumstances of the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001,” Gonzalez wrote to the commission chairman, Republican Thomas Kean, and vice chairman, Democrat Lee Hamilton. -Reuters

The Rice testimony will now be center stage and should have much more media attention because of the bellicose and profuse calls for her to testify. Rice is articulate and intelligent and she will be a powerful witness.

It also appears that the democratic strategy of trying to nail Bush to the coffin of failing to prevent 9/11 is backfiring and Rice's testimony could be expected to result in further positives for the President.

"If Massachusetts Senator John Kerry were the Democratic Party's candidate and George W. Bush were the Republican Party's candidate, who would you be more likely to vote for: John Kerry, the Democrat, or George W. Bush, the Republican?" If undecided: "As of today, do you lean more toward John Kerry, the Democrat, or Bush, the Republican?" (Names rotated) -Polling Report

Poll from March 26-28
George W. Bush >> 51%
John Kerry >> 47%

Poll from March 5-7
George W. Bush >> 44%
John Kerry >> 52%

I predict that if the democratic playbook doesn't change, this election will not be close. It will be a landslide.

Posted by Eric Simonson at March 30, 2004 1:39 PM