Lorie Byrd

Sssh. The President is coming. That is message in the subject line of a recent John Kerry fundraising email. In the message about the President appearing at fundraisers for Jim Talent in Missouri and Mike DeWine in Ohio, Kerry says: “The Republicans think they can sneak President Bush and Vice President Cheney in and out of these states under cover of darkness, and that vulnerable Republican candidates will pick up GOP special interest campaign dollars -- not Bush-Cheney baggage. Make them pay a price for this most cynical of political calculations.”

The theme also appeared in a prior Kerry fundraising email.:

“President Bush will be sneaking into St. Louis tomorrow to raise money for Republican Senator Jim Talent. If it's like most GOP fundraising featuring Bush and Cheney these days, it will be a "cut and run" affair. Republican candidates ask high dollar supporters (tomorrow's event is at the Ritz-Carlton) to cut big checks before they run from being caught in the public eye with the President or Vice President.”

The truth is that neither of the two candidates are doing much to hide the President, much less sneak him in “under cover of darkness.” “Today’s Top Story” on the Talent for Senate website was about

Bush’s visit to Missouri and on Mike DeWine’s campaign website, he names the President first in his list of endorsements.

The “running from the President” theme must be fairly high on the list of Democrat talking points because, as Power Line reports , it appears again in Minnesota in relation to U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy. The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran the following: “Blogospheric political pressure spiked Tuesday over online allegations that U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy, the Republican-endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota, had "scrubbed" his congressional website of references to President Bush. For example, a smiling joint portrait of Kennedy and the president that formerly graced the congressman's web biography page has been replaced by a photo of Kennedy and some schoolchildren.

And legislation that once was "signed into law by President Bush" now merely "became law" on Kennedy's website, markkennedy.house.gov, according to the liberal political weblog MN Publius.”

Lorie Byrd

Lorie Byrd is a Townhall.com columnist and blogs at Wizbang and at LorieByrd.com.

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