When life hands you lemons make lemonade

WASHINGTON, April 21 — President Bush’s advisers have drafted a re-election strategy built around staging the latest nominating convention in the party’s history, allowing Mr. Bush to begin his formal campaign near the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and to enhance his fund-raising advantage, Republicans close to the White House say.

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The president is planning a sprint of a campaign that would start, at least officially, with his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, a speech now set for Sept. 2.

The convention, to be held in New York City, will be the latest since the Republican Party was founded in 1856, and Mr. Bush’s advisers said they chose the date so the event would flow into the commemorations of the third anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.

In the unlikely event that any Democrat ever had the courage to stand up and ask, “At long last sir, have you no shame?” — I think all they’d get in response is a smirk. “Nope. Not one damn bit.” (Story here.)