On Wednesday we had the Justice Department news conference featuring John Ashcroft and Robert Mueller III. Ashcroft essentially told us that the terrorists are coming to kill us this summer, though Tom Ridge said elsewhere that it wasn't necessary to raise the color-coded terror alert. Confused?
The blowback from the news conference has been surprisingly cynical. That is, of course, outside of Republicans' public statements. Many people think the true purpose of the news conference was to change the subject from Iraq -- where Bush is plummeting in the polls -- to terrorism where he still does well in polls. 05.28.04