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Sky Falls In On Bush The Outcast
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-19-2006 | Paul Harris

Posted on 03/18/2006 8:24:42 PM PST by blam

Sky falls in on Bush the outcast

Plagued by Iraq, the President's own party is abandoning him as his poll ratings plunge. Paul Harris reports from New York

Sunday March 19, 2006
The Observer (UK)

When president George W Bush launched a high-profile series of speeches last week aimed at calming nerves about the Iraq war he chose to do so in the heart of Washington DC. At George Washington University, he asked America to stay the course through troubled times. It was a familiar message to an audience that had heard it all before.

What was new was the make-up of the crowd: only five Republican congressmen and one senator attended. As displays of loyalty go it left a lot to be desired. It seems Bush should worry less about the US abandoning Iraq and more about his party abandoning him.

Tarnished by the war and a never-ending flow of domestic scandals, Bush is increasingly being seen as a liability to Republicans facing November's mid-term elections. Many of the party's senior members are distancing themselves from their President with a new willingness to disobey orders from the White House.

The reason for the change is simple: disastrous polls. Four published last week put Bush's approval ratings at historically low levels. Gallup and NBC gave him 36 per cent, while CBS had him at 34 per cent and Pew on an anaemic 33 per cent. 'When the President is above 50 per cent then party unity follows. When you sink into the thirties it is every man and woman for themselves,' said Larry Haas, a political commentator and former staffer in the Bill Clinton White House.

While Bush will never fight another election, that is not true for many members of his party running in the congressional ballots.

(Excerpt) Read more at observer.guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; falls; outcast; sky
I confess, I laughed out loud when I saw the Title.

I will abandon any Republican who abandons Bush, I got in this with Bush and I'll get out with him.

1 posted on 03/18/2006 8:24:44 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

"never-ending flow of domestic scandals"

I thought statistically this was least scandal plagued administration in decades.


2 posted on 03/18/2006 8:26:47 PM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: blam
they've completely lost it.

i won't get into contrarian theory but this is an indication that the president is about get a lot more popular, or always has been, than current polls suggest.

3 posted on 03/18/2006 8:27:35 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (...a capitalist.)
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To: blam

Bush's poll numbers have less to do with the war and more do with his complete bungling of the ports issue. He was around 47 percent before that hit. These turkeys will use this in anyway that they can.


4 posted on 03/18/2006 8:28:18 PM PST by CheyennePress
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To: blam
The Guardian....wishin', hopin' and a-prayin'.

Have they printed the poll that shows the current Democrats in Congress are more disrespected than ever before, since the beginning of polling??? .....I din't think so.

5 posted on 03/18/2006 8:28:41 PM PST by cookcounty (Army Vet, Army Dad.)
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To: gondramB

"I thought statistically this was least scandal plagued administration in decades."

You're not counting the scandals that the media invents for them. That's all.


6 posted on 03/18/2006 8:29:42 PM PST by CheyennePress
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To: blam

What you said - - BUMP!


7 posted on 03/18/2006 8:30:34 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: blam
Utter garbage. - Typical English rag.

Hey Brits: - Don't wrap your seafood in this paper.

you will never get that smell out of the fish.


8 posted on 03/18/2006 8:31:39 PM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: blam
...one, two, three, unnngh!
9 posted on 03/18/2006 8:31:48 PM PST by RichInOC (...hey, yaaaaaaaaa...hey, ya....)
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To: All
The Guardian and The NY Times should go off on some island together where could both be so very happy--in a world of their own creation.

GO AWAY LIBERAL MEDIA!

10 posted on 03/18/2006 8:32:33 PM PST by NordP (I've seen enough "24" to know there are many things a President cannot talk about, yet must do.)
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To: gondramB
My favorite scandal was the I'm-David-Gregory-and-I-MAKE-the-news! scandal.

Or Jessica Simpson Gate.

11 posted on 03/18/2006 8:33:22 PM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: blam
This will make it really hard on him when he runs for a third term in 2008. He might even lose the primary to another Republican.

Wait....., oh never mind.

12 posted on 03/18/2006 8:34:54 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: the invisib1e hand

GWB did hurt himself. Good day by day poll is the Rasmussen poll. GWB was bouncing between 44 to 50 percent. When the MSM tried to create scandals, GWB would dip to 44, but the Muslim riots in France and over the cartoons would boost his polls up to 50 percent. The camel that broke GWB back was the Dubai port deal and talking about how good outsourcing jobs when he visited India and advocating for temporary worker status for illegal immigrants. GWB doesn't realize job security and homeland security is driving public concerns. His poll numbers never recovered and has dipped down to 40 percent. He should not be this low with a good economy and employment rate.


13 posted on 03/18/2006 8:36:52 PM PST by Fee (`+Great powers never let minor allies dictate who, where and when they must fight.)
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To: blam
We will see who is the Outcast in November...


14 posted on 03/18/2006 8:39:36 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Fee

testimony to the temporary effectiveness of propaganda. tell people they're miserable long enough, and I suppose they will begin to believe you.


15 posted on 03/18/2006 8:40:11 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (...a capitalist.)
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To: blam
I will abandon any Republican who abandons Bush, I got in this with Bush and I'll get out with him.

Duncan Hunter's people called me today, looking for some money. I told them to go talk to the longshoreman union, because there wasn't one more dime EVER coming out of my wallet after that stunt he pulled.

16 posted on 03/18/2006 8:40:40 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Tagline deleted at request of moderator.)
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To: Fee

These polls are nothing but noise. Ask your self this, If we were hit again by another 9/11 type attack, who do you think most Americans would want as President?
Bush`s poll # will climb 30 pts. or more by July of 2009.


17 posted on 03/18/2006 8:44:53 PM PST by bybybill (If the Rats win, we lose)
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To: blam; ohioWfan; Howlin; Miss Marple

Good on you, blam!
BTTT


18 posted on 03/18/2006 8:46:16 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: blam

Okay, here's the plan:
Back off and let those men who want to marry men,
marry men.

Allow those women who want to marry women, marry women.

Allow those folks who want to abort their babies,
abort their babies.

In three generations, there will be no Democrats!!!

Dang, I love it when a plan comes together!


19 posted on 03/18/2006 8:48:03 PM PST by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: Fee

Yada, yada. The port deal was as bogus and made up as the Cheney shooting fiasco. The trip to India was historic. The coverage is badly skewed and so is analysis based on it.


20 posted on 03/18/2006 8:48:18 PM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: CheyennePress

And even the drop in support for Bush's handling of Iraq...the media refuses to look into it too deeply as they will see that the people think he's handling it with too much PC.

http://jednet207.tripod.com/PoliticalLinks.html


21 posted on 03/18/2006 8:48:50 PM PST by MaineVoter2002 (http://jednet207.tripod.com/PoliticalLinks.html)
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To: blam
I cannot believe how idiotic and delusional the Left (Inside and outside the US) is but I should not be surprised anymore.

All those thousands of negative stories, the hundreds of biased polls, and the constant lies, distortions, and savage attacks against President Bush by liberals and their media is to demoralize the Republican base and hence achieve a victory for the democrats this coming November elections after they have failed to do so many times before. Therefore the ultimate question is “will the democrats win this November elections?”

The Republicans have a very simple plan during this election campaign to greatly energize the base of Republican voters and independents who lean Republicans:

1. Iran.

2. If the democrats win the House of Representatives this November they will impeach President Bush in time of war.

Those two simple themes will bring the Republican voters by huge numbers to the voting booths and the democrats will be badly surprised, again.

22 posted on 03/18/2006 8:57:35 PM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: bill1952
The dumb newspaper did not even get the right numbers, it was 62,000,000 people who voted for President Bush and not 59,000,000. This 62 million was already a known number by late November 3rd before the November 4th edition of the Daily Mirror that showed the number 59 millions.
23 posted on 03/18/2006 9:00:36 PM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: CheyennePress
Bush's poll numbers have less to do with the war and more do with his complete bungling of the ports issue.

An assinine comment. Congress yielded to the worst instincts of the American public and played the racist xenophobe card in the DPW ports case.

It worked.

Bush did the right thing while the GOP Congress endured its most shameful hour.

24 posted on 03/18/2006 9:01:22 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: blam
I will abandon any Republican who abandons Bush, I got in this with Bush and I'll get out with him.

Me, too! I sure hope Frist and Alexander are still hanging in there. They are my Senators. I think this "everybody hates Bush" is alot of hyped up media and liberal crap, anyway.

25 posted on 03/18/2006 9:04:35 PM PST by beckysueb (Smoke 'em if you got ,em!)
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To: blam
I will abandon any Republican who abandons Bush, I got in this with Bush and I'll get out with him.

I got your six, Sir.

26 posted on 03/18/2006 9:05:16 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: blam
I will abandon any Republican who abandons Bush, I got in this with Bush and I'll get out with him.

That goes for me too! Very well stated.

27 posted on 03/18/2006 9:07:41 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Elect Bob Sullivan OK Governor -- Throw out Dem Gov DoLittle Henry in 2006!)
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To: sinkspur


BTTT
Well stated, sinkspur.


28 posted on 03/18/2006 9:09:56 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: blam

Fiction.


29 posted on 03/18/2006 9:10:33 PM PST by tomahawk (Proud to be an enemy of Islam)
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To: blam
Wrong is right and evil is good to many, one supposes.
Though right and good, by God will ultimately prevail, regardless.
30 posted on 03/18/2006 9:15:38 PM PST by onedoug
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To: blam
"I will abandon any Republican who abandons Bush, I got in this with Bush and I'll get out with him."

Call me "Bushbot" (I've been called worse ;'}

I'm with you!
31 posted on 03/18/2006 9:19:15 PM PST by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
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To: bybybill

I agree. I think that is why we have not been attacked since 9/11. IMHO I think Al Qaida can strike the US anytime, but are refraining, knowing an attack would unify the US public on the efforts in Iraq. Keeping the US off limits allows the US political disunity to destroy GWB war efforts in Iraq and eventually force the US to pull out. Once we are out of Iraq, the Arabs terrorists will strike the US homeland.


32 posted on 03/18/2006 9:24:02 PM PST by Fee (`+Great powers never let minor allies dictate who, where and when they must fight.)
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To: blam

What's the old expression, "pretty is as pretty does"?

Where did the idea that popularity is so important or has much to do with reality?

What's important is effectivness and accomplishment. What's important is reality, not perception or image despite what Hollywood and the "liberals" want you to believe.

What's important is defending freedom and the country from the leftist defeatists and the Islamofascist war tide against Western civilization.

That's more important and meaningful than polls or popularity.


33 posted on 03/18/2006 10:15:30 PM PST by garyhope (In vino veritas. Ars longa, vita brevis, too brevis.)
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To: blam
For some reason I have a hard time believing anything the MSM writes or says, especially when they mention Geo. W.

You can always tell when a dem is lying, their lips move.

34 posted on 03/18/2006 10:19:55 PM PST by Dustbunny (Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers)
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To: bill1952

LOL


35 posted on 03/18/2006 10:32:57 PM PST by EASYACES (Ignorance is curable, but stupidity is forever)
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To: Fee

Good analysis.


36 posted on 03/19/2006 2:35:55 AM PST by thomaswest (Just curious)
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To: blam
I heartily agree, and I couldn't have said it better myself.

Isn't it amazing? The media is now trying to convince us that disloyalty and opportunism are sterling character qualities.

I will support President Bush until the day he goes home to a well-deserved retirement in Crawford.

37 posted on 03/19/2006 2:51:35 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: blam
Sky Falls In On Bush The Outcast

...and yet, he still remains President of the United States until the end of 2008...

38 posted on 03/19/2006 3:00:45 AM PST by Ichneumon
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To: OKIEDOC

Who needs their DNA polluting the gene pool, anyway. :^)

Remember the Shakers?


39 posted on 03/19/2006 3:06:09 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: bill1952

Thanks, Bill. We know it, don't worry.


40 posted on 03/19/2006 3:06:36 AM PST by 5050 no line
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To: 5050 no line

Hey. I still believe in England. :^)


41 posted on 03/19/2006 3:45:46 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: blam; onyx
I will abandon any Republican who abandons Bush, I got in this with Bush and I'll get out with him.

Bravo!

And so will many others. The Republicans who try to distance themselves from Bush will LOSE.

I hope they get smart, and obtain some courage by November, because the PRESIDENT needs a Republican Congress...........one with backbone.............not the jelly-spined behavior we have seen of late.

42 posted on 03/19/2006 6:34:52 AM PST by ohioWfan (I don't apologize for supporting and defending our Commander in Chief in a time of war.)
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To: ohioWfan


BTTT


43 posted on 03/19/2006 12:09:05 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: blam
I will abandon any Republican who abandons Bush, I got in this with Bush and I'll get out with him.

BUMP

44 posted on 03/19/2006 7:44:06 PM PST by Once-Ler (Principled conservatives don't vote for $trillion budgets and blame Dubya for signing them.)
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