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GOP memo touts new terror attack as way to reverse party's decline

Fear = higher poll numbers, although I imagine after perpetrating a horror show like 9/11, they probably don't care a whole lot about polls numbers.
Plan 9 from Outer Syria
Plan 9 from Outer Syria
November 10, 2005

A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."

The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could "validate" the President's war on terror and allow Bush to "unite the country" in a "time of national shock and sorrow."

The memo says such a reversal in the President's fortunes could keep the party from losing control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections.

GOP insiders who have seen the memo admit it's a risky strategy and point out that such scenarios are "blue sky thinking" that often occurs in political planning sessions.

"The President's popularity was at an all-time high following the 9/11 attacks," admits one aide. "Americans band together at a time of crisis."

Other Republicans, however, worry that such a scenario carries high risk, pointing out that an attack might suggest the President has not done enough to protect the country.

"We also have to face the fact that many Americans no longer trust the President," says a longtime GOP strategist. "That makes it harder for him to become a rallying point."

The memo outlines other scenarios, including:

--Capture of Osama bin Laden (or proof that he is dead);

--A drastic turnaround in the economy;

--A "successful resolution" of the Iraq war.

GOP memos no longer talk of "victory" in Iraq but use the term "successful resolution."

"A successful resolution would be us getting out intact and civil war not breaking out until after the midterm elections," says one insider.

The memo circulates as Tuesday's disastrous election defeats have left an already dysfunctional White House in chaos, West Wing insiders say, with shouting matches commonplace and the blame game escalating into open warfare.

"This place is like a high-school football locker room after the team lost the big game," grumbles one Bush administration aide. "Everybody's pissed and pointing the finger at blame at everybody else."

Republican gubernatorial losses in Virginia and New Jersey deepened rifts between the Bush administration and Republicans who find the President radioactive. Arguments over whether or not the President should make a last-minute appearance in Virginia to try and help the sagging campaign fortunes of GOP candidate Jerry Kilgore raged until the minute Bush arrived at the rally in Richmond Monday night.

"Cooler heads tried to prevail," one aide says. "Most knew an appearance by the President would hurt Kilgore rather than help him but (Karl) Rove rammed it through, convincing Bush that he had enough popularity left to make a difference."

Bush didn't have any popularity left. Overnight tracking polls showed Kilgore dropped three percentage points after the President's appearance and Democrat Tim Kaine won on Tuesday.

Conservative Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum told radio talk show host Don Imus Wednesday that he does not want the President's help and will stay away from a Bush rally in his state on Friday.

The losses in Virginia and New Jersey, coupled with a resounding defeat of ballot initiatives backed by GOP governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in California have set off alarm klaxons throughout the demoralized Republican party. Pollsters privately tell GOP leaders that unless they stop the slide they could easily lose control of the House in the 2006 midterm elections and may lose the Senate as well.

"In 30 years of sampling public opinion, I've never seen such a freefall in public support," admits one GOP pollster.

Democratic pollster Geoffrey Garin says the usual tricks tried by Republicans no longer work.

"None of their old tricks worked," he says.

Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) admits the GOP is a party mired in its rural base in a country that's becoming less and less rural.

"You play to your rural base, you pay a price," he says. "Our issues blew up in our face."

As Republican political strategists scramble to find a message - any message - that will ring true with voters, GOP leaders in Congress admit privately that control of their party by right-wing extremists makes their recovery all but impossible.

"We've made our bed with these people," admits an aide to House Speaker Denny Hastert. "Now it's the morning after and the hangover hurts like hell."
Shrubby's Terrorist Gang 12.Nov.2005 06:06


This is no surprise -- that the ruling political and
christian "elite" will sacrifice more people for
their own gain.......but the "elite" have done this
to their good citizens for 5,000 years, and of course
the worst has occurred in the last 2,500 years under

According to CSIS, the Kanadian Security Intelligence
Service, al CIAda terrorists will be making an attack
somewhere/sometime in a city/town, but insist there
are no details about this dastardly deed.

After watching Lord Paul Martin on the CBC(the
Cabal Bullshit Channel, it is obvious that he
flatters himself to be Emperor George II, having
picked up all of Duhbya's mannerisms.....speaking,
motioning, smirking stupidly................

Will this next "terrorist attack by Al Czar Cowee"
get the sheeple to pull their heads out of the
sand, and realize that the government(formerly
known as royalty) and the christian church have
no use for them, except when it comes to their material
and financial interests?

give me a break, or at least a source, for gawd's sake 12.Nov.2005 12:19


Anybody can concoct something like this "news" story with enough allusions to and attributions of anonymous sources. Aside from preaching to the choir, what's the point?

agreed 12.Nov.2005 13:20


It would be better for people to source their reposts. I had read this one from the source so I know where it came from:


And they're pretty reliable when it comes to dirt from dc.

sorry, that ain't a source 12.Nov.2005 18:09


The so called source in the comment by sourcer is just a URL to the same story (verbatim, I believe) posted elsewhere. "Confidential", "closely guarded" memo are alluded to. Again, I could make up stuff like that any time I wanted. Whose names are on these alleged memos? Who read them? Who leaked the info?

. 13.Nov.2005 09:43

ha ha

'wj' back to the White House with you...

wj, work on other larger issues ok? 13.Nov.2005 14:40


hey wj! The Bush Administration never souced their information about Al Queda behind the 9-11 attacks, you know...

your concern is terribly misplaced on this little thing...

astounding 13.Nov.2005 18:42


It's interesting not only the level of paranoia here, but the fact that people are so willing to accept stories as long as they conform to one's prejudices. For all I know the original posting is true. But I have the odd habit of actually trying to confirm what others pass off as Eternal Truth. My attempts to confirm anything in that original posting went nowhere, or more accurately, they went in a circle. Rumors "confirming" rumors.

It will also be interesting, at some future time, to concoct a purely mythical story about some nefarious GOP conspiracy, with allusions to all sorts of nonexistent memos, confidential sources, mysterious deaths, and what not, all of course written in the appropriately angry, cynical tone and with the garden variety insults, and see how easily it slides down the throats of the credulous.

This is a known hoax 14.Nov.2005 12:13

Fredric L. Rice frice@skeptictank.org

This is a hoax -- or more accurately a spoof -- created by the people at capitalhillblue.com.

It's amusing because it got into the Huffington Post and then was carried by other places, none of which are legitimate.

.... Known Hoax? 19.Nov.2005 14:51

Keya Sapa

Oh I get it! If it isn't Fox News or MSNBC it isn't real? Give me a break.

And just why is it that you neo-cons have nothing to do but try to discredit EVERYTHING you disagree with?

Wake up America! These small steps that we are living through now.... are the same types of steps that lead to a Nazi Germany and communist China.