Watching Ari Fleischer on “Morning Joe”, I was struck at how well he learned from the master. Richard Engle, a reporter who had been living in Iraq for the last 6 years was sitting right across from him. When Ari went on about, “9/11, Iraq, 9/11, Iraq”, Richard finally broke in and said, “Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11”. Ari said, “I never said it did”. Richard said, “That’s not what I heard”. Ari was right. Even though he put 9/11 and Iraq in every sentence together, he never ACTUALLY said they were connected. They were only connected because they shared every sentence out of Ari’s mouth. Then Ari with on a tear with Savannah Guthrie about the fact that Obama never used the word “win”. “Soldier’s don’t want to fight in a war that’s unwinnable. No one wants to spend time in a war that you can’t win. No way can you sell a war to the American people unless you can win it. Savannah said, “Well, you don’t want to get trapped by saying something like Mission Accomplished”. Then Ari said, “I never said the Obama should use the word “win”. See how “smooth” that was? Hit, hit, hit, sidestep. So clean. So neat. So well done. It’s like Bush when he gave a conference on Iraq. Going on about how “they” came and killed 3,000 Americans and that was why we are in Iraq. When someone from the audience said, “Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11”, Bush said, “No one in this administration ever said they did”. Even today, you have right wingers insisting Iraq agents met with al Qaeda in Romania or some place. But NO ONE from the Bush Administration ever suggested they did. I especially like the part where he said, “Iraq had the capacity too….” And then just stopped. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdlUi8-9TMU]YouTube - Bush admits Iraq/Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11[/ame] So neat, so clean. They have used the strategy against this president and the Democrats for the last 19 months and it’s been effective. Hit, hit, hit, sidestep. I never said that. This is “Political Houdini” at its best. Something belonging to the Republicans that they have developed all their own. They should be proud they have found a way of not actually needing policy. Hit, hit, hit, sidestep.