Wednesday, August 16, 2006

MATALIN: no one is pro-war

* Noise:
"Watched a clip of Mary Matalin on FOX and it's messed w/ my mind. You know you're in trouble when John Gibson plays the "moderator" role in an interview."
Fox via Noise:

JOHN GIBSON, HOST: Mary Matalin, is that result in Connecticut a warning shot to pro-war Republicans?

MARY MATALIN, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: No, it's not a warning shot, it's good news. It does reinforce our obligation to continue to be a strong pro-defense party because clearly the opposition party, the Democrats, have been taken over by the resurrection of the peace-knicks, and at a more tactical level it's very helpful for the retention of the three Republican seats that were targeted in Connecticut, Lieberman's run as an independent. So it just shows what we're running to, towards the fall.

What we want to run on is a choice. You have a choice between the peace-knick party, the defeatists, the cut and run, and the pro-defense party, the tough on security party. And if the Democrats take over or they elect or nominate even candidates the likes of Lamont, this country will be far weaker for their effort.

GIBSON: Mary, what the Democrats would say, I think, in response is: Come on, Mary, the polls show, the latest polls show 60 percent of Americans now oppose the war and that indicates to Democrats that they have the support of the American people.

MATALIN: That's a completely (INAUDIBLE) and irrelevant number. Nobody like's war. Nobody is pro-war. What Americans are, in overwhelming majorities, are pro-security. They want to be secure today and they want to eradicate terrorism and the kinds of scenes that we're seeing, that you've just shown in the previous segment. They want to eradicate that into the future.

The Democrats have no policy, no plan. All Lamont said to achieve victory on the Democrat primary is, "I'm not Joe and I'm against the war." Then how are you, what are you about for securing this country now and tomorrow? People do not want to — their tired of the war, their tired of the savagery of it, but they're more frightened of the kinds of enemies that face us and they want to defeat them today and it's going to take a long time to do that.

GIBSON: But is it not some fear for Republicans who might need to get some daylight between themselves and President Bush that the electorate seems to be so sour on the war?

MATALIN: The electorate is — again, no one is pro-war. And it is a concern and it creates anxiety, but no more anxiety — certainly what would create more anxiety is to have no foreign policy as is the case of the Democrats: no security policy and to cut and run.

People do not support cutting and running, particularly from Iraq, or cutting and running from a larger foreign policy, national security policy as is evidenced by the Democratic vote themselves on the Feingold-Kerry which Lamont said he would support. Only 13 Democrats supported that.

So those numbers are nearly not as meaningful or have any meaning whatsoever as the overwhelming majority of Americans that want to have a strong defense policy, strong security policy and a strong long-term strategy for defeating these Islamofascists.

GIBSON: Mary, is there a connection in the minds of Republicans between the Iraq war and what's going on between the Israelis and Hezbollah on the Lebanese border?

MATALIN: Oh, sure. It's all of a piece. It's not just in Republicans' minds. It's in any discerning American or European or Arab's mind that Hezbollah is completely funded and controlled by Iran which is a big threat to us, obviously, as they seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

So this is all of a piece is the point. And Republicans — and you know what? A lot of Democrats, not least Joe Lieberman, do understand this. And my prediction is if he runs as an independent, he would be able to carry that Connecticut seat. It will be a good, strong voice for pro-defense which is not red or blue or right or left. It's the right thing to do for the country.

I guess when Ann Coulter et al all came out for Joenertia prior to the primary they really were worried for the country, and not for their electoral concerns. or something.

(and it's good to know that even the transcribers at Fox can't spell)

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