In stark contrast to the 2002 and 2004 campaigns, Democrats in races all over the country are now pummeling their GOP opponents for advocating a “stay the course” stance in the failed Iraq war.
Karl Rove’s strategy of trying to turn a weakness into a strength is backfiring big-time.
“For the first time in modern memory, Democrats are actually on the offensive when it comes to national security,” said Matt Bennett, a founder of Third Way, a moderate Democratic organization that has been briefing Democrats on discussing the war and national security. “It is really stunning.”
As of this week, party officials said, Democratic candidates in at least 17 of roughly 35 closely contested Congressional seats and at least six of eight Senate races considered close are running television advertisements against the Iraq war, presenting viewpoints that extend to calling for a troop withdrawal.