Karl Rove is sure a genius

That mission-to-Mars thing certainly ignited the public imagination. And that whole gay marriage amendment business — that’s surely done the President a world of good.

And with these new ads, the Boy Genius once again lives up to his well-deserved nickname!

President Bush’s re-election campaign on Thursday defended commercials using images from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, including wreckage of the World Trade Center, as appropriate for an election about public policy and the war on terror.

Some families of the victims of the attacks are angry with Bush for airing the spots, which they called in poor taste and for the president’s political gain.

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It’s a slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people,” Monica Gabrielle, whose husband died in the twin towers, told the New York Daily News for its Thursday editions. “It is unconscionable.”

Two of the spots show the destruction at the World Trade Center and include an American flag flying amid the debris. They also feature images of firefighters working through the wreckage.

“It’s as sick as people who stole things out of the place,” said Firefighter Tommy Fee of Queens Rescue Squad 270. “The image of firefighters at ground zero should not be used for this stuff, for politics.”

In all seriousness, if they think it’s a good idea to use the WTC site as a backdrop for ads and later, for their convention, I say let ’em. If Boy Genius thinks it’s going to be a good thing for Republicans to come to New York City and trample the ground where so many died — well, let’s just say I suspect that’ll play about as well as most of his other election-year schemes so far.