If the Bush campaign believed that you shouldn’t say anything if you didn’t have anything good to say, it would be very quiet on the Right. Clearly, Cheney will say anything to further enrich his oil buddies, and Bush will attempt to say whatever they put in front of him.
Yahoo! News – From Bush, Unprecedented Negativity: “Incumbent presidents often prefer to run on their records in office, juxtaposing upbeat messages with negative shots at their opponents, as Bill Clinton (news – web sites) did in 1996.
Scott Reed, who ran Robert J. Dole’s presidential campaign that year, said the Bush campaign has little choice but to deliver a constant stream of such negative charges. With low poll numbers and a volatile situation in Iraq, Bush has more hope of tarnishing Kerry’s image than promoting his own. “