After Democrats heavily criticized Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) for using the Detroit terrorist attack as the basis of a fundraising letter in his gubernatorial campaign, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is now using the Detroit incident in its fundraising materials.

The NRSC wrote to its supporters in a fundraising e-mail this afternoon that, in light of the Detroit incident, the Obama administration's approach to terrorism is all the more infuriating.

After a shot at Democratic health care reforms, NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer wrote:

Even more scary was knowing this country was one faulty detonator away from an American airliner being blown out of the sky. Remember right after the inauguration, it was revealed President Obama no longer wanted to acknowledge the "global war on terror" and referred to terrorist acts as "man-made disasters"?  Back then you and I knew that showed a remarkable lack of understanding of the threat America faced but in the face of what nearly happened a couple days, it is even more infuriating.

To you and me and our friends throughout America, the healthcare bill is a man-made disaster.  And when a foreigner tries to blow up an airliner, it is an attempted terrorist attack.

"Man-made disasters" is actually a reference to a quote from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's first testimony to Congress, in which she used the term in place of "terrorism." She explained to German publication Der Spiegel in March that saying "'man-caused' disasters" was part of a tonal shift the Obama administration was trying to implement--part of the same shift in which "Global War on Terror" (or GWOT, as it was abbreviated) was expunged from the official lexicon.

Republicans have disputed Obama's approach to terrorism from the get-go: they liked the GWOT terminology and thought Obama's elimination of it was soft and naive. Obama's backers, meanwhile, saw the GWOT as putting the U.S. in a permanent state of war, justifying executive power grabs and violations of civil liberties.

It's a well-worn debate, and it's not the first time Republicans have looked to score political points on it. The NRSC didn't condemn the Obama administration's response to the Detroit incident, as Hoekstra did; nor did it condemn the administration and the president in such lurid detail.

The rhetorical approach seems to be: Detroit reminds us terrorism is scary; Obama misunderstands/is soft on terrorism; give us money so we can get Republicans in office.

The e-mail comes as party committees are racing to raise extra dollars before midnight on Dec. 31, when the Federal Election Commission's end-of-the-year reporting period closes. The NRSC, along with its Democratic counterpart, will file their yearly fundraising totals on Jan. 31, and both will want the highest number possible.

Here's the full text:

Dear Chris,

Do you need any more evidence that Republicans need to pick up Senate seats? Let's review just the last 8 days:

The Democrats jammed a healthcare bill down the throats of the American people that cuts Medicare by $500 billion, raises taxes by $400 to $500 million and increases insurance premiums all while using your tax dollars to pay for abortions.  Like me, I am sure watching them cut backroom deal after backroom deal was enough to make you sick.

Even more scary was knowing this country was one faulty detonator away from an American airliner being blown out of the sky. Remember right after the inauguration, it was revealed President Obama no longer wanted to acknowledge the "global war on terror" and referred to terrorist acts as "man-made disasters"?  Back then you and I knew that showed a remarkable lack of understanding of the threat America faced but in the face of what nearly happened a couple days, it is even more infuriating.

To you and me and our friends throughout America, the healthcare bill is a man-made disaster.  And when a foreigner tries to blow up an airliner, it is an attempted terrorist attack.

Now more than ever we need a check in the Senate to stop the radical Obama agenda down until we elect a Republican President in 2012.

Get involved today.  Tomorrow night at midnight, we close the books on 2009.  Donate $10 to help us close out the year strong, and forward this to 5 of your friends so we can get their email and keep them up to date with what is happening in DC.

Together we can make a difference for the better of this country.

Thanks for all you do to hold President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi accountable.

 

Rob Jesmer
NRSC Executive Director

P.S. We are so close to making our goal for this year, will you please give $5 or $10 by midnight tomorrow so we have the money necessary to fight the Obama machine?

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