Democrats Shocked as Bush Runs for Re-Election

President Bush released the first television ads of his re-election campaign today. They are so low-key as to be almost completely inoffensive. Nevertheless, the Democrats and the nation’s newspapers pretend to be shocked–shocked!–that the ads include brief views of scenes from the September 11 attacks. The New York Times can imagine nothing more improper than that the President should refer–for even a fraction of a second–to the defining event of his first term:

[T]hroughout the day [President Bush’s] aides were scrambling to counter criticism that his first television commercials crassly politicized the tragedy of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks…The criticism

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