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From: Karl Rove, White House
To: Dick Cheney, Undisclosed Location
Re: Fear factor
September 6, 2004

Dick: Glad to hear you're still making the speech tomorrow. I know the "friendly grandpa" shtick didn't go down too easily at the convention, but what the hell, it was worth a shot and I appreciate your going along with it. Now, about tomorrow's talk, I admit you could be right -- at first voters might be startled to hear you say that electing Kerry would make it easier for terrorists to hit the US again. But they'll get used to it -- plus, think of how it will energize our base! So what if we lose a few latte wimps here and there? The yahoos, paranoids and gun nuts will eat it up (our own tracking polls now show those groups making up 25 to 33 percent of our strongest support). We're starting to get some real traction with my "Scare "Em Shitless" strategy and this should be a great run-up to some of the boogieman stories we're launching in October. Go get 'em, Tiger.

Your pal, Karl

From: Dick Cheney, "Somewhere Out West"
To: Karl Rove, White House
Re: Fear Factor
September 8, 2004

Karl: You should have seen the faces on those people last night when I talked about the danger of making the "wrong choices." The guy right in front of me's eyes bulged out and I thought his wife was going to pee all over herself. Like Junior says, "Mission accomplished." Media coverage was pretty tame, I thought, considering I was throwing them red meat -- you've got "em trained, dawg. Two questions: What's next on the Scare "Em Shitless agenda? And, how's Junior reacting to this? I know he said it was "a bit much" to say terrorists wanted Kerry to win, so will he be happy with last night?

Frightfully yours, Dick

From: Karl Rove, White House
To: Dick Cheney, Undisclosed Location
Re: Fear factor
September 8, 2004

Dick: Junior is fine with it -- he might as well be, since that's the only kind of campaign I run. He oughta know that, especially after what we did to McCain four years ago. Don't worry about Junior. You know how it is, you let him feel like he's contributing, talk over him when he disagrees, then point him toward the cameras and tell him what to say and he's happy -- then it's three hours of Xbox for LazyBoy and we can get back to real life, ramping up the campaign. The next steps? That's easy: a couple of more orange alerts from Ridge, and then we plant the phony envelope of anthrax in Ashcroft's office (I still like the idea of planting it on Kerry's plane -- I can just see Frenchie running and screaming down the runway like a girlie-man!). Oh well, we can still dream, right?

By the way, give my best to Lynne -- hope she's gotten that foaming at the mouth thing under control.

See you soon, Karl

News Item of the Week: The toll of US troops killed in Iraq is now over 1,000. The President honored the occasion by emphasizing the "accomplishment" of being rid of Saddam Hussein.

Brave New Orwellian Dictionary

Latest entries:
Accomplishment: Getting rid of the dictator of a raggedy-ass country by sacrificing over a thousand young working-class Americans.

Support The Troops: Send them off to die but put a flag decal on your car.

Keep The Peace: Occupy a country that's coming apart at the seams.

Fight Terrorism: Throw away hundreds of billions of dollars by invading a country that poses no threat to us instead of spending it on increasing security at US ports, chemical plants and nuclear reactors.

Coward: A man who goes to war despite his doubts about it and wins medals for being hit with "only shrapnel."

Hero: A man who supports a war but uses family connections to get out of fighting it.

From front page to page 20: "Terrorist" Kamran Akhtar, a couple of weeks after being stopped for being Arabic while videotaping tall buildings in downtown Charlotte, pleaded not guilty to various immigration charges. No terrorism-related charges have even been considered for the camera-happy tourist.

Quote of the Week
From Doug Bandow, in Salon. Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who served as a special assistant to President Reagan and was a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation:

"[Conservatives] who still believe in Bush have tried to play up comparisons with Ronald Reagan, but I knew Reagan and he was no George W. Bush. It's not just that Reagan read widely, thought deeply about issues and wrote prolifically. He really believed in the primacy of individual liberty and of limited, constitutional government. . . .Reagan observed: "I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things.' Even when politics forced him to give way, everyone knew what he stood for. Bush's biggest problem, in contrast, is not that he is a poor communicator. It is that he has nothing to communicate. Victory over terrorists, yes -- but then, what American really disagrees with that goal? Beyond that there is nothing."

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