June 16, 2006

Atrocities in Iraq, can they spin this in the White House’s favor? – developing

Posted in political satire at 8:31 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Tom Toburn

Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and White House Chief Political Advisor Karl Rove have been huddled in closed door meetings with several media experts and advisors, administration advocates from the FOX news editorial division, and members of the White House press office, devising strategies for turning the tide on the Iraq public debate. “You have to break a few eggs to make an omelete,” Rove has been urging Bush to assert in his public remarks on Iraq, “and peace in the middle east’ll be a hell of an omelete.”

Rehearsals for a televised address next week are underway. The strategy sessions are aimed at creating a much needed boost in the President’s approval numbers prior to the 2006 mid-term elections.

The omelete analogy is emerging from a wish to capitalize on Bush’s folksy stylings and homespun charm in drawing attention away from the conditions on the ground. Rove has asserted privately that inside polling indicates the public will continue to be enamored with further pronouncements made in this vein. “I think the public still loves this guy. He is still popular. Popularity ratings are more important than job approval. No, I’m not insane,” he said to the Washington Post reporters who pressed him on the discordance between such assertions and the recent polling data.

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