No fair-minded person wants to accuse the Obama administration of manufacturing a terrorism scenario shortly before the election. The reality is that there are so many genuine, credible terrorism threats that a heightened public awareness seems justified, no matter the American domestic political situation. Even an Obama speech on the matter from the Oval Office would seem justified sometime soon.
Democrats certainly accused George W. Bush of using the threat of terrorism to try to push voters to the polls and to vote for Republicans.
So far this year, the only concern of voters has been the economy. This collective worry sometimes manifests itself in related issues such as illegal immigration, cap-and-trade and the Bush tax cuts.
Yet it remains unemployment, overspending by the federal government and related issues that prey most on the minds of voters. It's just plain fear among American workers and others that has the Republicans posed to win back control of the House, and possibly even the Senate, miracle though that would be.
If some international terrorism scenario or the other were to unfold with just days to go before the election, that could divert the public's attention from their economic worries, and thereby change the voting patterns such that races that now seem sure-things for Republicans could suddenly get a lot closer.
Pretty cynical of me, right? Yes, indeed, but that's because I know how brutal is the "sport" of politics, and that goes for Democrats, Republicans and whoever else plays the game. On the line is nothing less than money, power and -- perhaps particularly this year -- the potential long-term direction of America itself.
Republicans looking for across-the-board victories on Nov. 2 face two crucial considerations. First, will GOP and conservative-leaning independent voters turn out in massive numbers, or will a significant share of them not vote because they've been told the day is already won?
Second, is it possible that certain enemies of America -- who might prefer to see the Democrats retain power -- plan to sway the sentiment of American voters by staging a terrorist attack, or at least making great noise about the possibility of one? And will powerful voices in the White House take these threats so seriously, and ask the public to take them so seriously, so that the public is diverted from other issues, thereby changing the outcome of the election in what, for now, looks to be the year of the Republicans?
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