It's clear that these inflammatory, absurd comments by President Bush are a last-ditch effort to motivate the right-wing Republican base and to fear-monger.  But it's equally clear that this demagoguery is not working for the President or the Republican Party this year.  The American people see right through such comments, which are fueled by political desperation.  Americans know that Democrats are absolutely committed to protecting our people and strengthening our national security with tough, smart policies.