9/11 IMAGERY….You know, I’ve been trying to work up some outrage over the use of 9/11 imagery in the new Bush ads, but it’s just not happening. I really don’t see anything wrong with it.

Granted, there’s a thin line between legitimate symbolism and outright exploitation, and if Bush ends up, say, laying a cornerstone for a new skyscraper at Ground Zero during the Republican convention, he will have gone way over the line. But alluding to 9/11 and trying to take credit for his response? That seems like pretty standard issue politics.

In fact, what I really wish is that Democrats weren’t so queasy about this kind of stuff. Frankly, I’d like to see John Kerry run an ad using the same kind of imagery and hitting Bush hard on his foreign policy failures. After all, there’s plenty to criticize in Bush’s reaction to 9/11, and there’s nothing wrong with Democrats using imagery that shows they’re as serious about it as Bush is.

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