From Poll Watchers’ Ryan Alessi :

Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning laid out their case for Republicans keeping control of the White House in the 2008 election during Northern Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night.

McConnell, who is also up for re-election in November, said presumptive GOP presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, has the right perspective on what must be done in the Middle East, as opposed to the two Democratic candidates who favor removing U.S. troops as soon as possible.

“We’d be kidding ourselves,” McConnell said. “This is a different kind of war. The enemy is not a country, it’s a movement … There’s nobody to negotiate with.”

Bunning used an even harsher description.

“The people we’re fighting against now are worse than Adolf Hitler and Nazis. And we don’t know where they live, half of them,” Bunning said.

The Republicans specifically skewered Democratic presidential candidate and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, perhaps as a signal that they expect — or hope — that he is that party’s nominee against McCain.

“I fear the two Democrats, one in particular, is incredibly naive,” McConnell said, adding that five years ago when the U.S. Senate voted to go to war in Iraq, Obama was in the Illinois state senate. “This is the big leagues now. At what point do you turn off the demagoguery and become a serious, responsible leader?”

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, a Hebron Republican, compared Obama and his message for change similar to a “snake oil salesman.”

He said in his remarks at the GOP dinner that he also recently participated in a “highly classified, national security simulation” with Obama.

“I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button,” Davis said. “He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.”

As for Obama’s Democratic rival, McConnell said U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York seems to be “teetering on the brink.”

“I hear she hasn’t been this worried since a new Hooters opened” near her home with former President Bill Clinton, McConnell said, prompting laughs from the 400 Northern Kentucky Republicans.

With all due respect (?) to Davis’ colleague, Rep. Curt Schilling (R-Mass.). Everquest doesn’t really qualify as a highly classified simulation.