But back when Bush's USS Lincoln landing occurred, Klein was more enthralled with it, asserting on the May 4, 2003 Face the Nation: "Well, that was probably the coolest presidential image since Bill Pullman played the jet fighter pilot in the movie Independence Day." (Video, from the MRC's archive, is of the matching exchange between Bob Schieffer and Klein. Audio: MP3 clip .) The Weekly Standard's "Scrapbook" page observed:
As Peter Wehner noted at the Commentary magazine blog Contentions , "Such bipolar shifts of opinion in a high-ranking public official would be alarming and dangerous; in a columnist and blogger, they are comical and discrediting."Even in that 2003 CBS appearance, however, Klein wasn't happy about Bush's successful PR maneuver, regretting how it illustrated the "major struggle the Democrats are going to have to try and beat a popular incumbent President."