The political landscape was a scene of frenzy this morning as the 2008 presidential candidates beat feet in an effort to put out the quickest reaction to the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Highly paid pundits have already concluded that the turmoil in Pakistan would prove most beneficial to Rudy Giuliani, although it sure couldn't hurt John McCain, but perhaps Romney and Huckabee should forget about it, maybe offer their condolences and just move on. In the Democratic race, the assassination was seen as a positive for Hillary Clinton, who once visited Pakistan, and Barack Obama, who once talked about it.
As is so often the case when danger rears it's ugly head, Giuliani was first out of the gate, issuing a written statement just minutes after Bhutto was shot.
"Her death is a reminder that terrorism anywhere -- whether in New York, London, Tel-Aviv or Rawalpindi -- is an enemy of freedom," said Giuliani, selflessly not reminding us of his stalwart leadership in the streets of New York in the hours and days following the attacks of 911. "We must redouble our efforts to win the Terrorists' War on Us."
"Remarkable," said FOX anchor Brit Hume. "The guy never misses a beat. 'The Terrorists War on Us.' That's box office gold. Just masterful I think Rudy's the only one who gets it - this is all about us."
©2007, Mark Hoback