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Bhutto's assassination's effect on American elections, day 2

Reported by Chrish - December 28, 2007 -

FOX and Friends spent nearly the entire two hours this morning 12/28 on the chaos in Pakistan and the effect it may have on upcoming American presidential primaries, with a decided slant towards the opinion that this benefits John McCain most of all. In fact, he was the sole candidate from either party to be interviewed (via satellite) during the program.

Shannon Bream, FOX's newest on-camera blonde, opined that John McCain is hinting that he is more equipped to deal with foreign policy than the other Republican candidates, and among the Democrats Hillary CLinton was singled out because she had a personal relationship with Bhutto. Bream reappeared later in the program to remind us that Rudy Giuliani lived through the 9/11 attacks and was prepared to tackle terrorism and keep on offense. Miss Bream, a former member of the "liberal media" outlets NBC, ABC, and CBS, is a graduate of Jerry Falwells' Liberty University and FSU Law School.

Two segments were alloted to Washington Examiner reporter and Bush go-to-guy Bill Sammon, who asserted that "it does, at the margins, tend to remind people of the stakes of this war on terror" and said McCain and Giuliani were more experienced in matters of foreign policy - or at least with national security credentials, in Giuliani's case, and Romney and Huckabee look like amateurs.

When Doocy noted that it's changed the whole tone of the campaign - from last week's Christmas ads and pheasant hunting to political assassination - Sammon responded that it kind of trivialized the whole campaign (No, the media already did that) and made it a second-tier story; the murder puts it all in perspective. We've got a nuclear-armed country in chaos after a "major" assassination; what kind of president will we have who can handle that? (Seeing as how it is happening NOW shouldn't we be worrying about the current level of competence?) He made a gratuitous slap at Huckabee, who apparently used the wrong word yesterday in saying "“our sincere concern and apologies for what has happened in Pakistan” rather than “our sincere concern and sympathies for what has happened in Pakistan," another indication that Huckabee is not favored by the powers that be.

After a break Sammon was back to comment on the Democrats, and had little to say except that Hillary and Chelsea Clinton had met Benazir Bhutto some years ago and the former also knows Musharraf. He said Obama took a bank shot at Clinton, saying if she hadn't voted for the war in Iraq we wouldn't have taken our eyes off Afghanistan and by extension, Pakistan, but he didn't have relationships with Musharraf or Bhutto so that "plays a little bit inHillary's favor."

Joe Biden, we're reminded, wrote to Musharraf in October and urged greater security for Bhutto, which in Sammon's opinion gives him, a second-tier candidate, a rare opportunity to have a moment - which Sammon shared with Bill Richardson, who also has foreign policy experience - although no specifics related to this event were cited. This managed to highlight Biden's foresight and promptly diminish it by lumping him with another "second tier" candidate - a term so dismissive as it implies "second class" or "second rate."

Sammon opined that this type of situation benefits certain people in the Democratic party more than others, but keep in mind, in the general election, "there's still the question of which party handles foreign policy better, Republicans or Democrats, so it might not help so much in the general."

Another slap at Huckabee was forthcoming: he shouldn't have taken a slap at Bush's foreign policy during the primary election season because it was over the top and made him look amateurish; he should be looking to win over conservatives and save it for the general election.

McCain appeared in the program also and was given over five minutes air-time to respond to a recent "attack ad" from Mitt Romney, to talk about Pakistan and what's next (he thinks the elections should go forward even though Musharraf's opponent is dead - maybe like in Missouri 2000 the dead person will prevail...), and to repeat his campaign promises of saving Social Security and Medicare, eliminating pork barrel spending, and winn both wars and the "struggle" against Islamic extremism.

Of course Republicans want to bring the "war on terror" front and center right before an election. Talking about Iraq, no matter how swimmingly things are going, reminds voters that we are still stuck there with no end in sight. Domestic issues that are important to Americans and that have been sidelined for 7 years will be diminished by ramping up the threat. It's amazing how Al Qaeda and terrorism strike so close to American elections. Next thing you know we'll be getting another taped message from Osama bin Laden himself.