Cynical Bush is scheduling his election campaign to coincide with the anniversary of 9-11:
President Bush’s advisers have drafted a re-election strategy built around staging the latest nominating convention in the party’s history, allowing Mr. Bush to begin his formal campaign near the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and to enhance his fund-raising advantage, Republicans close to the White House say.
But that is already creating problems in Alabama:
Unless Alabama’s election law is changed, President Bush could be left off the state’s presidential election ballot in 2004.
The problem is that the Republican National Convention is being held later than usual to avoid conflict with the Olympics and the GOP won’t choose a candidate until Sept. 2 – two days after Alabama’s Aug. 31 deadline to certify presidential candidates.