It's not about politics
Now that a brief visit to an embarrassingly non-recovered New Orleans is over, Bush is back to more familiar and secure territory: the war on terror.
There is a nationwide Congressional election coming up in two months, and the fifth anniversary of The Administration's Favorite Holiday, September 11, is even sooner (it's gonna be better than Christmas and Thanksgiving combined!) However, our President insists that the series of speeches he is planning to make about the war on terror are by no means political speeches.
From the NY Times: “These are important times, and I seriously hope people wouldn’t politicize these issues I’m going to talk about,” Mr. Bush said after a fund-raising event at a private home in Little Rock before flying to another fund-raiser in Nashville. “We have a duty in this country to defeat the terrorists.”
AP reports that the closed-door fundraiser in Little Rock for the Republican nominee for Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, was expected to raise an estimated $400,000 for Hutchinson's campaign. Before he arrives in Salt Lake City tonight for his first terrorism speech at the American Legion convention, Bush is stopping in Nashville to attend a $2,100-a-plate fundraiser for Bob Corker's Senate campaign. I seriously hope people don't politicize those events either.
Also not to be politicized: Rumsfeld's comments yesterday about detractors of the war in Iraq, suggesting that they "seem not to have learned history's lessons" and then alluding to appeasement of Nazi Germany.