White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan wants to make the controversy about Bush’s warrantless domestic surveillance program a partisan issue. Last week, McClellan issued this statement:
The NSA’s terrorist surveillance program is targeted at al Qaeda communications coming into or going out of the United States”¦Senate Democrats continue to engage in misleading and outlandish charges about this vital tool”¦It defies common sense for Democrats to now claim the administration is acting outside its authority”¦
It’s not true. Some of the most conservative members of the Senate have said they think Bush broke the law. Now Grover Norquist, one of the most important leaders of the conservative movement, declared the program illegal:
Referring to what some see as a conflict between fighting vicious terrorists and upholding all civil liberties, Norquist said: “It’s not either/or. If the president thinks he needs different tools, pass a law to get them. Don’t break the existing laws.“
How does this work into Karl Rove’s 2006 strategy?