GOP advisor thanks Osama

Published October 30, 2004 8:19PM (EDT)

Moments after CNN aired the latest tape of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden yesterday, a Bush/Cheney spokeswoman appeared on camera to warn the Kerry camp against trying to play politics with the video. But apparently other Republican strategists feel quite comfortable using the chilling news for political fodder. In today's New York Daily News, an anonymous "senior GOP strategist" is quoted as calling the tape, in which bin Laden threatens terrorist attacks against Americans, as "a little gift" for the Bush campaign, because, "anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush." Consider the fear card played.

By Eric Boehlert

Eric Boehlert, a former senior writer for Salon, is the author of "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush."

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