Playing the Security Card

The Republicans are not known for subtle ads. This one sure isn't. But by focusing on the Patriot Act, rather than the president's breaking of the FISA law, are they conceding that the NSA issue isn't quite the slam-dunk they are looking for? Or are the Democrats so unappealing and stupid that the Bush administration rightly calculates it can get away with anything? I guess I'd bet on the latter.