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Jul 15, 2016

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I'm beginning to think that terrorism is one of Thune's go-to campaign tools. Here's his playbook:

Step 1) Come up with a common sense title that everybody will agree upon. It must only be remotely related to actual message.
- "National Security Must Be Our Top Priority"

Step 2) Scare the American public into thinking that they need somebody to protect them.
- "A group of terrorists casually walked into one of Ataturk Airport’s public terminals and proceeded to open fire before detonating suicide vests among fleeing travelers. In the wake of this attack, 45 people were left dead, and more than 200 were injured."

Step 3) Convince American public that Thune/Republicans will protect them.
- "The Republican-led Senate is committed to defeating ISIS"

Step 4) Dis the Dems for good measure. That's part of the job for every establishment Republican.
- "I am concerned some Democrats, President Obama included, don’t entirely share that priority." [defeating ISIS]

Step 5) Justify more military spending and/or domestic surveillance.
- "One of the best ways to combat terrorism is by ensuring the military has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission."

Step 6) Promote bill authorizing more military spending and/or domestic surveillance.
- "Passing this essential bill [defense authorization] is a key part of meeting our obligations to the men and women in uniform who fight to keep us safe."

Step 7) Close by ensuring American public knows that Thune/Republicans must be in power to keep everybody safe.
- "Republicans will do everything we can to protect our country and keep Americans safe from terrorists."

Rinse, repeat...

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