Thursday, February 17, 2005
Feeding the conspiracy beast
According to AP:Ridge,
Pollsters Met During Bush Campaign
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge met privately with Republican pollsters twice in a 10-day span last spring as he embarked on more than a dozen trips to presidential battleground states.
Ridge's get-togethers with Republican strategists Frank Luntz and Bill McInturff during a period the secretary was saying his agency was playing no role in Bush's re-election campaign were revealed in daily appointment calendars obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.
"We don't do politics in the Department of Homeland Security," Ridge told reporters during the election season.
His aides resisted releasing the calendars for over a year, finally providing them to the AP three days after Ridge left office this month.
Make a conservative's head explode: ask him why Tom Ridge would meet with pollsters before a trip through swing states before the election if (a) the Bush administration doesn't pay attention to polls and (b) the Republicans would never politicize homeland security. The answer? Doesn't matter: they won. Kerry wouldn't fight if you spit in his eye, stomped on his foot, and tied his daughters to railroad tracks. Bush fought every day with every weapon at his disposal, including Tom Ridge.