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Pump Up the Volume: Finally the "nonpolitical" White House gets wise
The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/12/05 | Fred Barnes

Posted on 12/03/2005 6:17:25 AM PST by Pokey78

WE NOW KNOW WHAT WAS behind President Bush's mysterious refusal for so many months to respond to Democratic attacks on his Iraq policy--a refusal that came at great political cost to himself and to the American effort in Iraq. It wasn't that Bush was too focused on Social Security reform to bother. Nor did he believe Iraq was a drag on his presidency and should be downplayed. Rather, Bush had made a conscious decision after his reelection to be "nonpolitical" on the subject of Iraq. It is a decision he now regrets. And has reversed.

Here's how a senior White House aide explains the decision not to answer criticism of the administration's course in Iraq: "The strategic decision was to be forward-looking. The public was more interested in the future and not the past, since it was just hashed over during the election." The president didn't ignore the subject of Iraq entirely. He delivered a half-dozen speeches on Iraq and the war on terror, including an evening, prime-time address, in the first 10 months of 2005. He just didn't rebut partisan attacks.

Harm was done. "Obviously the bombardment of misleading ads and the earned media by MoveOn et al. had an impact," the Bush aide says, "and culminated during the Libby indictment and the [Democratic] stunt of the closed session of the Senate" on prewar intelligence. "That's when we pivoted."

By then--and we're talking about early November--Bush's job approval had plummeted. So had public support for the Iraq war. And there's a direct correlation

between the two. The president stood at 51 percent job approval in the Gallup poll when he was inaugurated to a second term last January and 52 percent in the Fox News survey. Now he's at 37 percent in Gallup, 42 percent in Fox.

Support for his Iraq policy did not fall as precipitously, but it was in gradual decline, and that accelerated. Gallup asks interviewees if the Iraq intervention was worth it. Forty-six percent said yes last January, 38 percent in November. When only a little more than one third of the country believes the most important national security policy of the era is worth pursuing, the president has a huge political problem. Even Republican members of Congress were getting queasy. Bush, with less sway in Washington today than 10 months ago, has been hard-put to reassure them.

Though the White House hasn't said so, there was more to the president's no-response decision than aides have let on. In Bush's defense, he's never routinely responded to attacks. And the successful election in Iraq on January 30 was followed by several months of euphoria about Iraq. There was hope the insurgency would collapse. It didn't.

I think the president, after a contentious first term, wanted to soften the partisan edge of his image and be more statesmanlike. His speeches on Iraq, tough-minded as they were, reflected that. And so did his willingness to reject cues from his conservative base of supporters and to offer, in public concessions, to compromise with his opponents.

In short, it was a purple detour, a blend of Republican red and Democratic blue. A White House official insists there was no specific decision to be less hard-nosed on domestic issues in the president's second term and drift to the center. But that happened, just as his approach to Democrats on Iraq was easing up. A mere coincidence? No way.

Next to Iraq, the most controversial item on Bush's agenda, especially among Democrats, is tax cuts. At the outset of 2005, he decided to put off a drive in Congress to make his deep tax cuts permanent, a move that upset conservatives. Later, the Bush administration steered the presidential tax commission away from radical tax reform. He also put aside the proposed amendment banning gay marriage, another red flag to Democrats and liberals but a favorite issue of conservatives.

On Social Security reform, he broke with his own strategy for winning congressional approval. The plan was to agree, but only as a last resort, to raise the ceiling on the amount of personal income subject to payroll taxes. Instead, Bush announced early on that he'd agree to lift the ceiling. He also backed progressive benefits reduction--the well-off would be hit the hardest--which is opposed by conservatives.

In filling vacancies on the Supreme Court, the president chose conservative nominees who wouldn't ignite instant opposition by Democrats. He took responsibility for the slow response to Hurricane Katrina, though the mayor of New Orleans and governor of Louisiana were more to blame. And so on. Overall, while Bush is a conservative, he often didn't act like one.

The nonpolitical strategy was a failure. Democrats picked up on none of his overtures. Once they began a campaign of accusing Bush of lying to the country about prewar intelligence to justify invading Iraq--an impeachable offense--Bush abandoned the strategy. The pivotal moment came after nine months of unanswered charges by Democrats

concerning prewar intelligence. The president was a slow learner.

On Veteran's Day, November 11, Bush fired back. And he and Vice President Cheney have continued to do so quite effectively. His poll numbers, measured by Fox News after the president's speech last week laying out his "plan for victory" in Iraq, showed strong improvement. Sure, it's only one poll, but his approval rating jumped six points in the Fox News survey, from 36 percent to 42 percent.

Is this the start of a Bush comeback? Could be. And there's even stronger evidence of a turnaround. Until Democrats began rallying to the call for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the debate was between Bush and the facts on the ground. Now it's between the president, who wants to withdraw troops when conditions in Iraq allow, and Democrats, who want to set a fast timetable for pullout and stick to it, no matter what. This debate Bush should win.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.


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1 posted on 12/03/2005 6:17:26 AM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
If Carl Rove was such a genius, this would have happened a LONG time ago.
2 posted on 12/03/2005 6:21:42 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Pokey78

Republicans learn to defend themselves. Again.


3 posted on 12/03/2005 6:24:32 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Pokey78

Amazing, isn't it that the "strong on defense" party can be such wimps when it comes to fighting back against the "let's get along with every murderous dictator in the world but destoy every Republican with lies and slander" style Democrats?


4 posted on 12/03/2005 6:24:43 AM PST by onevoter
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To: Pokey78
Great post. Explains a lot of what was happening. They stuck with the flawed strategy too long and now need to reverse the downward slide in public opinion.

One thing I'd like to see is a return to the Bush of immediate post 9/11...clarity. Don't praise people who undermine him and our war effort.
5 posted on 12/03/2005 6:24:59 AM PST by Patriot from Philly
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To: Carry_Okie

Rove has Baseball Fitz after him. Still is...a little distracting.


6 posted on 12/03/2005 6:26:39 AM PST by Patriot from Philly
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To: Pokey78
Bush has an instinct for letting his political opponents show their hands.

He reminds me of Nixon, the poker player.

I predict that by midterm elections 2006, Bush and the Republicans will be flying high again.....troops will be leaving Iraq and the economy will continue to boom at 4% GDP.

7 posted on 12/03/2005 6:27:28 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (m)
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To: Pokey78
All I can say is

IT IS ABOUT DAMN TIME.

8 posted on 12/03/2005 6:28:11 AM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: Pokey78

What on earth were they thinking? The 'Rats are like AlQaeda: they view politeness and manners as weaknesses to be not only taken advantage of, but despised. People like these respect only one thing: power. Do not confuse "respect" with "like"--they are not the same.


9 posted on 12/03/2005 6:29:49 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Pokey78
Perhaps all of this was a ploy by the President to draw the opposition party into taking a flaccid position.

In my mind, the Democrats/MSM now look very much like the "Sunni rejectionists" President Bush referred to in his Annapolis Speech.
10 posted on 12/03/2005 6:31:12 AM PST by Fielding ( "OTHERS HAVE DIED FOR MY FREEDOM. NOW THIS IS MY MARK." "Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr")
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To: Pokey78

The number one thing the President needs to learn from this and folks like Limbaugh have been saying for eons. If you make nicey nicey with Democrats, they never reciprocate, they attack. So move forward. Defend your position Mr. President and the American people will follow. It is that simple.


11 posted on 12/03/2005 6:31:18 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Pokey78
Dumbest political strategy ever.

What the Hell were they thinking?

12 posted on 12/03/2005 6:32:32 AM PST by SIDENET ("IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!")
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To: Dustbunny

"The strategic decision was to be forward-looking. The public was more interested in the future and not the past, since it was just hashed over during the election." The president didn't ignore the subject of Iraq entirely. He delivered a half-dozen speeches on Iraq and the war on terror, including an evening, prime-time address, in the first 10 months of 2005. He just didn't rebut partisan attacks".


What wimps the GOP are! They are so pathetic, nerdy, sad, its embarassing. They are more afraid of the RATS than the terrorists.

This article ingored the 900lb gorilla. Guess? It starts with an "I" and ends in an "N"


13 posted on 12/03/2005 6:33:07 AM PST by chris1 ("Make the other guy die for his country" - George S. Patton)
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To: Pokey78
The nonpolitical strategy was a failure. Democrats picked up on none of his overtures.

Oh, yes they did. Each and every one.

They simply rejected them.

Is GWB getting "go along to get along" advice from GHWB II?

14 posted on 12/03/2005 6:33:24 AM PST by angkor
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

I think we are on the same page.


15 posted on 12/03/2005 6:34:54 AM PST by Fielding ( "OTHERS HAVE DIED FOR MY FREEDOM. NOW THIS IS MY MARK." "Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr")
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To: Fielding

I thought this white house does not do "ploys"??? Whatever their stupidity, their idiotic plan was a "miserable failure"
and a joke.

As soon as GWB relaunched his shamnesty plan in February of this year, he was done and lame duck. He has no one to blame but himself.


16 posted on 12/03/2005 6:36:58 AM PST by chris1 ("Make the other guy die for his country" - George S. Patton)
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To: Fielding
In my mind, the Democrats/MSM now look very much like the "Sunni rejectionists" President Bush referred to in his Annapolis Speech.

Brilliant comparison.....

Yes!!

We are definitely on the same page.

17 posted on 12/03/2005 6:40:19 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (m)
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To: SIDENET
What the Hell were they thinking?

It runs in the family.

GHWB somehow managed to lose to Clinton despite winning the Cold War and Iraq I.

He raised taxes to appease the leftists and they turned around and used it against him.

The fact that Democrats are perverted baby killing socialist un American crooks is not something that has been recently dsicovered.

The only thing irresponsible is the White House PR department.

It could start correcting its absurd performance by accusing Kerry by name of giving comfort to and emboldening our enemy.

Then they could demand the identities of the 8 red bastards that supplied miltary secrets on pscyh ops to the LA Times (U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press) and jail the reporters if they don't comply.

Make the leftist press as much an enemy in the minds of the public as the ragheads.

They won't.

The PR war will be won, but not by this group.

18 posted on 12/03/2005 6:42:35 AM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: chris1
Methinks a politician who doesn't do ploys is not a politician at all. That is not to say that I understand or trust politicians.
19 posted on 12/03/2005 6:43:09 AM PST by Fielding ( "OTHERS HAVE DIED FOR MY FREEDOM. NOW THIS IS MY MARK." "Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr")
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To: Pokey78

This is an interesting explanation for why the president let support for the war fall so dangerously and sadly low. Rove must have been more distracted that we thought because we haven't seen many mistakes like this one made by the administration.


20 posted on 12/03/2005 6:43:40 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Carry_Okie

"If Carl Rove was such a genius, this would have happened a LONG time ago."

Not really. In politics it is timing that counts. As we get closer to the 2006 election cycle, the rhetoric from both sides will ramp up.

In a way this is why the Republicans didn't cry about the Alito nomination going into 2006. Rove is not a moron. He knows what he is doing and that explains alot of things.


21 posted on 12/03/2005 6:45:08 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: Pokey78
The nonpolitical strategy was a failure. Democrats picked up on none of his overtures. Once they began a campaign of accusing Bush of lying to the country about prewar intelligence to justify invading Iraq--an impeachable offense--Bush abandoned the strategy. The pivotal moment came after nine months of unanswered charges by Democrats

This proves one thing: The Democrats have the same mindset as the terrorist. Any non response is perceived as a weakness.

22 posted on 12/03/2005 6:47:14 AM PST by Popman (In politics, ideas are more important than individuals.)
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To: SIDENET

You forget that GWB want's whats best for this country.

After he was elected with a majority and the Iraq position was endorsed, why not devote six months on trying to quell the partisan fever in Washington?

His own supporters are the ones that screwed up. No one else can speak up in support of the war? Do we have to have GWB lead us by our little hands? If more pundits, politicians, and just plain people would stand up and call the Dim's on their lies on a daily basis, GWB wouldn't have to.

I don't agree with reaching out to the Dims. I knew the Dems wouldn't respond and I wouldn't have done it. I wouldn't give those SOBs air if they were in a jug.

I am not the President of the United States either.

However, this has allowed Democrats to show themselves for who they truly are. That is the worst thing that could happen to them. It just took some blood in the water for them to expose it.

The timing of this helps conservatives.


23 posted on 12/03/2005 6:56:27 AM PST by A.Hun
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

Not my comparison. I picked that up in the Presidents speech. Honoring Cpl. Starr was not only appropriate, but a well deserved stick in the eye for the NYT.

Bye the way, you cannot read the test of the speech, or the truth about Cpl. Starr in the NYT, AP, or Reuters. Both are rejected.


24 posted on 12/03/2005 7:00:56 AM PST by Fielding ( "OTHERS HAVE DIED FOR MY FREEDOM. NOW THIS IS MY MARK." "Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr")
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To: A.Hun
I wouldn't give those SOBs air if they were in a jug.

LOL.

25 posted on 12/03/2005 7:03:20 AM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: Bahbah

Good morning!


26 posted on 12/03/2005 7:06:20 AM PST by A.Hun
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To: Pokey78
And so did his willingness to reject cues from his conservative base of supporters and to offer, in public concessions, to compromise with his opponents.

How many times must Republicans learn the lesson that their enemies despise them? That we must remain always on the offensive?

27 posted on 12/03/2005 7:07:47 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: A.Hun

Morning, A. That remark hit my funny bone :)


28 posted on 12/03/2005 7:08:53 AM PST by Bahbah (Free Scooter; Tony Schaffer for the US Senate)
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To: onevoter
Boy, the head dogs at the RNC are such ninnies.
29 posted on 12/03/2005 7:08:58 AM PST by pointsal
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Not really. In politics it is timing that counts. As we get closer to the 2006 election cycle, the rhetoric from both sides will ramp up.

In case you hadn't noticed, politics isn't just about getting re-elected, it's about getting things done. We don't have tort refrom, we don't have social security reform, we don't have substantive regulatory reform, and much of that is because of weak standing on the part of the President. If we don't get it done now, what makes you so confident that we'll have a Republican successor?

Politics have consequences: we can either manufacture more dependents or we can give people the chance to learn the blessings of liberty first hand. If we don't change the law, we won't get that opportunity and will deserve what we get.

30 posted on 12/03/2005 7:10:44 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Bahbah

My mom is a card, and that is one of her favorites...

Glad it tickled you.


31 posted on 12/03/2005 7:12:42 AM PST by A.Hun
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To: A.Hun
His own supporters are the ones that screwed up. No one else can speak up in support of the war?

His supporters HAVE been speaking up. Conservative activists have been combating the likes of "Mother" Sheehan and others. Conservative talk show hosts have been fighting the good fight as well.

Now, GOP leaders who SHOULD be speaking up (like Frist), are wusses. However, the simple truth is, that they won't fight at all without strong leadership at the top. It sucks, but it is true. If they don't see their President waging war against his critics, they won't risk their necks to help. Politicians are survivial-oriented creatures and will run like hell from a President who lets himself look like a lame-duck under seige.

32 posted on 12/03/2005 7:29:15 AM PST by SIDENET ("IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!")
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To: Carry_Okie
If Carl Rove was such a genius, this would have happened a LONG time ago.

Fact is the lackluster response to Katrina and the Miers nomination to the Supreme Court were blunders by Bush. These missteps alienated his base and set people to wondering if Bush is that damn dumb about Katrina and Miers maybe there's something to the 'Rat criticism of his handling of Iraq. The administrations new tactic of taking on their critics and responding quickly and in strong terms is a winner.

33 posted on 12/03/2005 7:42:47 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: SIDENET
Conservative activists have been combating the likes of "Mother" Sheehan and others. Conservative talk show hosts have been fighting the good fight as well.

Sure, as long as it suited their agenda. The trashing of Bush during the Meir nomination was a good example where most "conservative" pundits stood.

For the politicians, because they are wimps, gives them no excuse. Most of the House and a few of the Senators owe their seats to GWB's coat tails.

If it wasn't for Rush Limbaugh, there would be no leadership at all on the Republican side except for the President.

34 posted on 12/03/2005 7:44:15 AM PST by A.Hun
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To: Pokey78

Yea, I'll believe it when I see it.


35 posted on 12/03/2005 7:45:36 AM PST by Hildy (Keyboard warrior princess - typing away for truth, justice and the American way!)
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To: MizSterious


The Republicans will always be in this situation as long as they continue to treat the Democrats as merely their "opponents". The modern Democrat party is our enemy and the enemy of American. We had better start treating them that way.


36 posted on 12/03/2005 7:50:25 AM PST by Perfesser
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To: Pokey78

If we allow the left to dictate Iraq...we'll have another NAM...we won every battle there, but the early pull out is the why of NAM.


37 posted on 12/03/2005 7:53:36 AM PST by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: Pokey78
Bush had made a conscious decision after his reelection to be "nonpolitical" on the subject of Iraq

This is unbelievable. To even consider that he could lead a "nonpolitical war" with an opposition full of rabid snarling dogs snapping their jaws at his neck?

Much as I love and respect George Bush, he has some peculiar gaps in his thinking process--much as his father did for that matter. They both seem to have blind spots when it comes to perceiving the viciousness of their enemies. This might be euphemized as wanting to believe in and see the best in people, but it is not a virtue. It is a defect in judgment.

38 posted on 12/03/2005 8:11:48 AM PST by hinckley buzzard (i)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Agree. The other issue is with 160,000 troops on the deck in Iraq and he has allowed the Dems to undermine them for a couple of years now. That situation has made conditions more dangerous for them. I don't see why he doesn't have a Clintonesque War room to get out ahead of these issues.

He's been backpedling since the election in 2000. Karl Roove should have been sent packing a long time ago.


39 posted on 12/03/2005 8:21:00 AM PST by Wristpin ( Varitek says to A-Rod: "We don't throw at .260 hitters.....")
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To: hinckley buzzard

Agree. The other issue is with 160,000 troops on the deck in Iraq and he has allowed the Dems to undermine them for a couple of years now. That situation has made conditions more dangerous for them. I don't see why he doesn't have a Clintonesque War room to get out ahead of these issues.

He's been backpedaling since the election in 2000. Karl Roove should have been sent packing a long time ago.


40 posted on 12/03/2005 8:22:06 AM PST by Wristpin ( Varitek says to A-Rod: "We don't throw at .260 hitters.....")
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To: shield
You are 100 correct on this point. We do not need another Viet Nam for us to become a second class nation. To do that all we need is for the republicans to continue to let the dimorats and the MSM continue with their b.s. and their anti-anything American charade they continue to spew forth. Until Mr. Bush gets a backbone and some cajones to call them by name what they really are, and gets support from our supposed leaders in the Congress, the malaise we fear will continue to eat away at our social fabric, and Iraq will fail. Then what will we do with Iran?
41 posted on 12/03/2005 8:22:48 AM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Pokey78
The old saying in DC is "if you want a friend get a dog".

W needs a stable of attack dogs that bark and bite. :-)
42 posted on 12/03/2005 8:25:47 AM PST by cgbg (MSM and Democratic treason--fifty years and counting...)
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To: geezerwheezer

Im sorry if this is true the Republicans and Bush are all idiots and not worth support.After the Bias in the press has been so profoundly proven how can any sound thinking person think they can proceed in a position like President of the United States in a nonpolitical posture and survive .
These republicans have got to be brain dead.What planet are they on! You might as well just turn over the reins of govt to the enemy.The press will bury you


43 posted on 12/03/2005 8:33:33 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: Pokey78
This is going to get interesting.

It is my opinion that the Dems are going to soon be forced into doing a 180 on Iraq. That the White House is now actively defending itself is not just encouraging but a sound strategic move as well. Things are about to chance in Iraq, and the Dems have positioned themselves on the wrong side of the issue.

Can they change? Will the MSM let them pull it off? Will Rove capitalize on the flip flop?

Stay tuned. Time will tell...

Cheers,

knews hound

Latest Article "Cutting them off at the knees"

44 posted on 12/03/2005 8:34:40 AM PST by knews_hound (i know my typing sucks, i do it one handed ! (caps are especially tough))
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To: chris1

"As soon as GWB relaunched his shamnesty plan in February of this year, he was done and lame duck. He has no one to blame but himself."

My sentiments exactly!


45 posted on 12/03/2005 8:41:21 AM PST by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: SIDENET
What the Hell were they thinking?

Early in 2005, there was a lot of concern about the level of acrimony in politics. This was the WH attempt to be a "uniter, not a divider". What they did not consider is that the DemocRAT party has been completely hijacked by world socialists who hate America's power. These people are similar to terrorists in that you cannot appease them or negoitiate with them. I think the President's people are starting to realize that.
46 posted on 12/03/2005 8:41:32 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: A.Hun

"You forget that GWB want's whats best for this country."

Sometimes it seems as though what GWB wants is what's best for Mexico.


47 posted on 12/03/2005 8:47:10 AM PST by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: Pokey78
The Left's cynical and hateful attacks and accusations (Bush 'lied') needed a response when they first started. Now that Bush is finally getting around to it it seems disingenuous. I'll wait and see where he takes it.
48 posted on 12/03/2005 8:52:42 AM PST by manwiththehands (Democrats and the MSM: lies and hypocrisy on steroids)
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To: chris1

Intern?


49 posted on 12/03/2005 8:56:33 AM PST by newfreep
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
The number one thing the President needs to learn from this and folks like Limbaugh have been saying for eons. If you make nicey nicey with Democrats, they never reciprocate, they attack. So move forward. Defend your position Mr. President and the American people will follow. It is that simple.

Another way to say it is "never abandon your allies in an attempt to placate your enemies".

50 posted on 12/03/2005 9:01:18 AM PST by Christian4Bush ("We've lost 2000+ of our best in three yrs. We lost 3000+ in THREE HOURS on 9-11." Matalin to Couric)
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