RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman has released a video titled “From NDR to Ned Lamont: The Democratic Party’s Transformation From Strength to Weakness.” Its message is obvious. Its logic is ludicrous — i.e. that only blind adherence to Bush’s failed policies will make America safe.

Below are excerpts of the text that accompanies the video:


Yesterday?s Democrat Leaders Promoted the Doctrine Of Peace Through Strength:

  • JANUARY 1945: President Franklin D. Roosevelt: ?We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations, far away.? (President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, Washington, D.C., 1/20/45)
  • MARCH 1947: President Harry S Truman: ?[I]t must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.? (President Harry S Truman, Address To Joint Session Of Congress, Washington, D.C., 3/12/47)
  • AUGUST 2006: Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT): ?[I]f we leave [Iraq] tomorrow it?ll be a disaster for the Iraqis, for the Middle East and for us.? (ABC?s ?This Week,? 8/6/06)

  • Below is an e-mail that RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman sent out to the RNC mailing list (no hyperlink available):

    From: “Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman” To: Subject: Weak and Wrong: Today’s Defeat-ocrats Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 22:41:56 -0400 (EDT)

    Dear Friend,

    In politics, there are turning points that can define a political party for decades to come. Yesterday’s defeat of Senator Joe Lieberman in the Democrat primary in Connecticut is such a moment. Because he stood for a strong national defense and victory in Iraq, Joe Lieberman was successfully targeted for defeat.

    For a political party to reject a respected Senator who just six years ago was its candidate for Vice President is virtually without precedent. It speaks volumes about the new Democrat Party: if you stand for a strong defense and victory in the War on Terror, you have no place in the party and you must be purged.


    Watch the video and get the facts about what this means about the decline of the Democrat Party – from leadership that would “pay any price, bear any burden” to defend freedom to leaders who want to cut and run from the War on Terror, and surrender other tools needed to keep America safe.


    The message from Connecticut is clear, and Ned Lamont isn’t alone. He is joined by Rep. John Murtha, architect of the Democrats’ position on Iraq and the man who wants to be the next House Majority Leader, who claims America is more dangerous than Iran and North Korea and says, “We’ve become the enemy.” And by Howard Dean, who calls the idea of victory in Iraq “just plain wrong.” Watch how the new Democrat Party always chooses weakness over strength, blaming America first.


    With 90 days to go before the election, National Democrat leaders have made their choice in favor of defeatism, isolationism, and blaming America first. Where do you stand?


    Ken Mehlman Chairman, Republican National Committee

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