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Newsview: Bush Fights to Stay Relevant
AP via SFGate ^ | 1/3/7 | BEN FELLER

Posted on 01/03/2007 2:39:26 PM PST by SmithL

WASHINGTON -- Weakened by election losses and hemmed in by time, President Bush is using what he's got left — a bully pulpit, a veto threat and a sudden interest in working with Democrats.

With two years to go in his presidency, Bush likes to talk about a sprint to the finish. One goal of that race is to remain relevant, and he tried to demonstrate Wednesday that no one should count him out.

"The Congress has changed. Our obligations to the country haven't changed," Bush said from the Rose Garden, backed by his Cabinet. On the eve of a new Democratic Congress, Bush's intended image for the cameras was clear: My team is ready to act.

He challenged lawmakers to control spending — targeting their own pet projects as never before. Then he touted other familiar priorities: making tax cuts permanent, defeating terrorists, reforming behemoths such as Social Security.

No slowdown here.

To assert his voice, Bush went so far as to spell out an entire agenda for Congress. It came in the form of an op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, just before Democrats assumed power on Capitol Hill. The headline: "What the Congress can do for America."

"He wants to regain the initiative and put them on the defensive," said Norman Ornstein, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute who specializes in the presidency and Congress.

"He wants to create a sense in the country that he still has a substantial role to play in setting priorities, and that he's on his toes moving forward, not on his heels moving back."

The president has a lot of forces working against him. For the first time in 12 years, Democrats control both chambers in Congress.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: lameduck

1 posted on 01/03/2007 2:39:28 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

You would see how relevant he was if he voted everything.


2 posted on 01/03/2007 2:40:43 PM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: ConservativeMind

Sorry. "Vetoed" everything, I meant.


3 posted on 01/03/2007 2:41:11 PM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: ConservativeMind
You would see how relevant he was if he voted everything.

He is the president of the United States and he is irrelevant? That's just ignorant.

However if the only thing that made him relevant was the use of his veto power, he'd be irrelevant.

Regards.

4 posted on 01/03/2007 2:44:47 PM PST by ARE SOLE (I thought the Party was supposed to court the voters and not the other way around?)
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To: SmithL

A sudden interest in working with democrats? When did he stop being interested in trying to work with democrats, it's the dems who have not been busy demonizing the president and not showing much interest in working with the reps.


5 posted on 01/03/2007 2:51:13 PM PST by psjones (u)
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To: SmithL

Clinton wasn't relevant at all after the '94 elections. It was only his smarmy personality that kept enough people in love with him to give him the appearance of a presidency.


6 posted on 01/03/2007 2:51:49 PM PST by My2Cents ("Friends stab you from the front." -- Oscar Wilde)
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To: SmithL

Amnesty for all. Now that's relevant.


7 posted on 01/03/2007 2:52:13 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: ConservativeMind
He doesn't have to veto everything. He just has to veto the very liberal things Democrats manage to get through both houses of congress. That will not ve very much if anything.

Bush can emphasize what the liberal democrats want to do and lead the house and senate in opposition to it. He cam make it clear to Americans that Democrats are out of the main stream.. by organizing the opposition to what the liberal Democrats want to do.

The media would cooperate by giving a lot of publicity to his effective opposition to liberal bills. The media believes the liberal stance on issues are popular and will publicize his effective opposition leadership. That will, much to the media's surprise, improve the Bush Job rating.

The Democrats do not have anywhere near the 60 votes in the Senate that it takes to pass a liberal bill. They do not have anywhere near the 60 percent of the house votes to override a presidential veto.

What Bush is saying to the liberal Democrats is cooperate with me or I will destroy you with your base. They have painted Bush as a dumb ineffective leader. Getting beat by a dumb, ineffective Republican leader does not cause liberal voters to be pleased with their congresscritters.

The Media paints the Bush request that Democrats cooperate with the president as a show weakness. It is anything but a show of weakness. It is a threat of strength. Strength in the knowlege that a Republican minority can stop every liberal attempt to enact their agenda. Bush will lead it, but the fights will take place mostly in the Senate.

The Democrast understand the Repubicans had a much larger majority in both the house and senate and were stopped by the Democrats obstruction tactics. This time the Democrats will face obstruction tactics in both houses of congress as well as the presidency.

The Unions and the leftists expect the Democrats to produce. They will not be able to produce passage of the liberal agenda. They can not get what they want passed in the Senate. The Democratic party will face in 2008 the anger of liberals that will be identical to what the Republicans faced from their base in 2006.

8 posted on 01/03/2007 2:58:22 PM PST by Common Tator
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To: SmithL
He challenged lawmakers to control spending

Uh, okay...

9 posted on 01/03/2007 2:59:03 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: SmithL

Very simple duties, veto everything and focus on the one thing he has total control over, the WOT including Iraq.


10 posted on 01/03/2007 2:59:10 PM PST by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: SmithL
With two years to go in his presidency, Bush likes to talk about a sprint to the finish. One goal of that race is to remain relevant

Relevant . . . . relevant . . . . you mean like the irrelevant idiot who wrote this article? Or relevant in that if he gets a wild hair he can veto everything that Congress sends to him and the Dems lack the votes to override? Like in that kind of relevant??

I will make the first nomination of 2007 for Moron of the Year - Ben Feller!
11 posted on 01/03/2007 3:00:10 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: SmithL

Oh, so the new slogan for Bush is: "I want to remain relevant."

Nice that the Marxists at AP have decided what the president's goal is.

Here's a new slogan for AP: "The day we write the truth, monkeys will fly out of our communist butts."


12 posted on 01/03/2007 3:01:41 PM PST by sergeantdave (Consider that nearly half the people you pass on the street meet Lenin's definition of useful idiot)
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To: SmithL
""The Congress has changed. Our obligations to the country haven't changed," Bush said"

Wonder what 'obligations' he's referring to?

13 posted on 01/03/2007 3:13:39 PM PST by TheCrusader
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To: SmithL

Why do we see on Free Republic, threads that tear down our President, our Troops, our Country?

I thought we were to build up, to give strong ideas of how to improve, don't we see enough of this tearing down stuff on CNN; ABC; NBC; MSNBC and the rest of the MSM?????

If we are a Republican site, then let the libs post their tearing down things on their site, but keep ours for our postive, strong ideas of how to better our Government, support our President and support our Troops.


14 posted on 01/03/2007 3:33:27 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: HarleyLady27
If we are a Republican site...

Which FR is not.

15 posted on 01/03/2007 3:40:47 PM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Common Tator

Best post I've read today. Thank you!


16 posted on 01/03/2007 4:02:06 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Common Tator

How refreshing. Pardon me for a moment while I inhale the clarity that filters from your posts.


17 posted on 01/03/2007 4:05:52 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: HarleyLady27; Jim Robinson
Why do we see on Free Republic, threads that tear down our President, our Troops, our Country?

Don't know but it has become very tiresome.

If we are a Republican site

We are not a Republican site, but a conservative site.
Standing with President Bush, our Troops and our Country is the right thing to do, especially today in a time of war.

A Statement by the founder of Free Republic

18 posted on 01/03/2007 4:11:36 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: randog; HarleyLady27
Which FR is not.

This guy has a little different view than you do, randog:

To: Howlin

There's always a certain percentage that will sit home or go another way. No biggie. My advice is to ignore them. Concentrate on recruiting those who see the larger picture and will help us hold the White House in '08 and win back the majority in congress! We must continue destroying the tyrants and terrorists wherever they rear their ugly heads and we must contine rebuilding the Judiciary. We know that our country and our Liberty itself is at risk if RAT Hillary or Benedict Arnold McCain wins the presidency, especially if they have a RAT congress behind them.

1,004 posted on 12/30/2006 3:20:12 AM EST by Jim Robinson

It's a site that is supported mostly by REPUBLICANS, because no other party can mount any kind of challenge to the Democrats.

To those of you all who insist on tearing it down, be careful what you ask for; you're getting ready to get a real good look at hell on earth for the next two years.

Some day maybe you won't be so damn picky about your canidates.

19 posted on 01/03/2007 4:13:20 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Just A Nobody

Bumparooooooooniiiiii!


20 posted on 01/03/2007 4:14:29 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Just A Nobody

I stand with President Bush. End of subject.

I'm very tired of the slurs on a wonderful man, and OUR President.

We're not DU, but some here seem to think we are. NOT ME.


21 posted on 01/03/2007 4:15:53 PM PST by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: Howlin
Bumparooooooooniiiiii!

And back at youuuuuuu!

22 posted on 01/03/2007 4:38:44 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: sissyjane

Well said...thanks! ;*)


23 posted on 01/03/2007 4:39:30 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Common Tator

Great post (#8)

Very insightful, cutting through the spin. Thanks for taking the time to post it.


24 posted on 01/03/2007 4:51:34 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Howlin

Ditto.

(And, Happy New Year, friend---we're in for a bumpy ride.)


25 posted on 01/03/2007 4:53:12 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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Many here are one-issue folk. Not that their particular issue isn't an important one, but they post just downright nasty things toward and about President Bush because he doesn't do what they want him to do. We are not going to get a president anyone will be 100 percent happy with. It won't happen. It seems to me that the Republicans demand that their candidate support their causes 100 percent, much more than the democrats do.

As far as I am concerned, the nasty posts about President Bush are disrespectful. There are also many posters here who let their discontent be known w/o resorting to the nastiness.


26 posted on 01/03/2007 4:54:45 PM PST by Theresawithanh
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To: Common Tator; Victoria Delsoul
Bush can emphasize what the liberal democrats want to do and lead the house and senate in opposition to it. He cam make it clear to Americans that Democrats are out of the main stream.. by organizing the opposition to what the liberal Democrats want to do.

I'd like to see it but Dubya and his admin have been horrible communicators and honestly, I don't think he has what it takes to execute your very right, very effective prescription.

27 posted on 01/03/2007 4:54:52 PM PST by HitmanLV (Rock, Rock, Rock and Rollergames! Rockin' & Rolling, Rockin' with Rollergames!)
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To: Howlin

This is a wonderful site, and I just hate to see the posts day after day of constandly tearing down Our President, Our Troops, etc. and building up the RATS and RINOS and Castro, Iran, Syria, etc....

I hope whoever voted for these RATS have a wonderful 2 years, because as you say, we are in for 2 years of hell and I pray that our Troops won't be in the middle of it....


29 posted on 01/04/2007 7:41:29 AM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: Howlin
Did he write this, too?:

Free Republic is the premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web. We're working to roll back decades of governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption, and to champion causes which further conservatism in America. And we always have fun doing it. Hoo-yah!

I don't see "Republican" anywhere in that description. In fact, he might have written this, too:

Free Republic is not a for profit commercial enterprise in the sense of a traditional business selling a product or service at a profit for its shareholders. We sell no product or service. We have no clients, customers or employees. We do not accept paid advertising. Free Republic is not affiliated with any political party, group, news source, government agency or anyone else.

30 posted on 01/04/2007 1:23:57 PM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: randog

I think you can decide for yourself what he's saying.

At least anybody who can read and comprehend English can.


31 posted on 01/04/2007 2:18:12 PM PST by Howlin (Not voting GOP was like being thirsty but not drinking since the glass is only 75% full ~~SoCalPol)
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To: Howlin
It's a site that is supported mostly by REPUBLICANS, because no other party can mount any kind of challenge to the Democrats. To those of you all who insist on tearing it down, be careful what you ask for; you're getting ready to get a real good look at hell on earth for the next two years. Some day maybe you won't be so damn picky about your canidates.

*YAWN!*

"Howlin fights to stay relevant."

32 posted on 01/04/2007 2:24:13 PM PST by Map Kernow ("I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just..." ---Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Map Kernow

"...but the fight will take place in the senate"

Have you seen who is IN the senate for Republicans?


33 posted on 01/04/2007 2:27:05 PM PST by princess leah
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To: Howlin

Funny, that was my thought, too.


34 posted on 01/04/2007 2:36:43 PM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: SmithL

With two years to go in his presidency, Bush likes to talk about a sprint to the finish. One goal of that race is to remain relevant, and he tried to demonstrate Wednesday that no one should count him out.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, you're killing me...........


35 posted on 01/04/2007 2:38:07 PM PST by WhiteGuy (GOP Congress - 16,000 earmarks costing US $50 billion in 2006)
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To: Map Kernow

It is not I who is struggling to remain relevant; it is you malcontents.

What's it like to be wandering in the desert with no input at all?


36 posted on 01/04/2007 2:40:33 PM PST by Howlin (Not voting GOP was like being thirsty but not drinking since the glass is only 75% full ~~SoCalPol)
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To: psjones

Amen!


37 posted on 01/04/2007 2:42:02 PM PST by Plains Drifter (America First, Last, and Always!!!)
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To: HitmanLV

WELL SAID, I agree.


38 posted on 01/04/2007 2:46:19 PM PST by Plains Drifter (America First, Last, and Always!!!)
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