Is On The Other Shoe
By Marc Campos
It was not that long ago that the "flip flop" tag was resonating with the voters and hurting Kerry. Now it seems that a version of the "flip flop" is taking its toll on W. In this instance it involves the Saddam-9/11 thing.
During the VP debate, Cheney said that he has never suggested that there was a link between Saddam and the 9/11 attacks. The media pointed out later that he has. Rumsfeld said a day earlier that he has never seen evidence to support this. Ditto for Colin Powell and the 9/11 Commission.
What is happening is that more voters are questioning why America went to war against Iraq. They know now that there are no WMDs. They also know that Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. When you throw in W's pitiful debate performance last week, voters now sense that W is not being straightforward on Iraq.
W and Cheney are in a dilemma. If they say they never said there was a Saddam-9/11 connection, they contradict what they said earlier. If they say there was a connection, nobody will believe them. If they admit to being wrong in making the suggestion that there was a connection, they get hammered and lose the election.
October 7, 2004, 9:20 AM