Whenever President Bush has faced oblivion — at the polls or in his approval rating — he’s had one ally more reliable than Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Fox News, Rugh Limbaugh and the American press corps put together: Osama bin Laden.
All Bush needs to do is rub the Osama lamp, and out comes the genie to restore some luster to The Decider’s Global War on Everybody.
Remember those timely video appearances by Osama before the 2002 and 2004 elections? Remember John Ashcroft’s recurrent Big Scares about impending attacks? The yo-yo use of the Department of Homeland Security’s color codes?
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Rubbing the Osama Lamp