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For Most Bush Voters, No Regrets After 2 Years
New York Times ^ | May 2, 2007 | JANET ELDER

Posted on 05/02/2007 11:21:18 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative

George W. Bush was elected to a second term by a big majority of Republicans, half of political independents and 11 percent of Democrats. Now, more than two years later, the majority of those voters say they are satisfied with the Bush presidency. But some have lost faith, and those who have say it is because they can no longer back Mr. Bush’s support of the war in Iraq.

Fifty-eight percent of Mr. Bush’s voters say their feelings about the administration can best be described as satisfied but not enthusiastic. Nine percent said they are enthusiastic. But 26 percent said they were dissatisfied and 6 percent said they were angry, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll taken in March.

When asked if they approve of the way Mr. Bush is doing his job, 66 percent said they approve while 21 percent said they disapprove and 13 percent are unsure.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2004election; bush

1 posted on 05/02/2007 11:21:27 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

Regrets ? I would enthusiastically vote for him if he ran in 2008!


2 posted on 05/02/2007 11:23:24 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: West Coast Conservative
Given that the alternative was John Fraud Kerry, I don't regret it either.
3 posted on 05/02/2007 11:24:58 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Everyday since 2004 I am grateful that Kerry is not our President.


4 posted on 05/02/2007 11:25:30 AM PDT by AU72
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To: West Coast Conservative

Given the recent vote in the SC on PBA I too would vote for him again.


5 posted on 05/02/2007 11:26:23 AM PDT by linn37 (Love your Phlebotomist)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Regrets ? I would enthusiastically vote for him if he ran in 2008!

Enough is enough. I don’t have regrets but am glad their are only 8 years max for President or we may never have had President Bush and we would still have President Clinton. They were talking about him running a third time and winning. No the system is just fine!!!!


6 posted on 05/02/2007 11:28:12 AM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Homer Reedy, a Republican from West Virginia said he voted for Mr. Bush in 2004 because he thought the president would call the troops home. “I voted for Bush in 2004 because I hoped he would call the soldiers back, but he didn’t,” he said.

Jerk alert! Did Bush say he was going to do that? No. Next time pay attention, Homer.

7 posted on 05/02/2007 11:28:34 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: West Coast Conservative
G.W. has had problems, yes. One wonderful thing we'll remember about him on the domestic front: the Supreme Court.

Also, the courage to fight terrorism will be his stamp on history in the foreign issues category.

I've not been impressed with his compromise on some things--and I'd like to see him fight back more. He also has been hamstringed by Weasels in the Congress of his own party (Sphincter, Senator Betray Us of Nebraska, McLame...).

8 posted on 05/02/2007 11:30:45 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: West Coast Conservative
no one asked me...I seriously regret voting for Bush against Gore and Kerry and not voting 3rd party libertarian.
9 posted on 05/02/2007 11:31:27 AM PDT by meandog (For me it's either Fred Thompson or John McCain, and 2nd Amendment rights!)
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To: napscoordinator
They were talking about him running a third time and winning.

He is running a third time.

10 posted on 05/02/2007 11:33:13 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: West Coast Conservative
Homer Reedy, a Republican from West Virginia said he voted for Mr. Bush in 2004 because he thought the president would call the troops home.

What color is the sky on this guy's home planet?

12 posted on 05/02/2007 11:38:21 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

ROTFLMAO. Unfortunately your are right. Damn...


13 posted on 05/02/2007 11:43:21 AM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: napscoordinator

Co-President Clintons are running for another unconstitutional 8 years. And the media is encouraging such a legacy.


14 posted on 05/02/2007 11:43:57 AM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: linn37

The appointments of Roberts and Alito to the USSC are two primary reasons why I don’t regret voting for Bush in ‘04. I shudder to think of who Kerry would have appointed.


15 posted on 05/02/2007 11:45:49 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: West Coast Conservative

This is a CBS News poll from last month — totally BOGUS! . . . Authentic Repupublicans do NOT respond to cBS polls; in fact, MOST Republicans refuse to cooperate with ANY pollster — yet another reason current MSM polling data is sooooooooooooooooooooo inaccurate!!!

[According to RASMUSSEN (who is also oversampling Democrats/undersampling Republicans), the President currently enjoys an almost 80% approval rating among Republicans!!]


16 posted on 05/02/2007 11:48:09 AM PDT by DrDeb
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To: West Coast Conservative
But some have lost faith, and those who have say it is because they can no longer back Mr. Bush’s support of the war in Iraq.

According to the reporterette, all of those who are dissatisfied with Bush’s second term are specifically and universally dissatisfied because they are unhappy with the Iraq war.

I am skeptical of the reporterette’s assertion on this point. Many people with working brains have the ability to evaluate a politician's performance on more than one issue.

17 posted on 05/02/2007 11:48:18 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I voted for the President twice.

That said, I’m very disappointed by his ‘coasting’ for the first two years of his second term. He lost focus regarding Iraq, failed to secure the border with Mexico, and keeps telling me I should support his amnesty proposal - while telling me it isn’t an amnesty proposal. Then wonders how the GOP lost both the House and Senate?

Now he’s getting beat down by the far leftwingnuts daily, and only recently decided to fight back politically.

He isn’t making it easy for those of us that elected, then reelected him, in short.


18 posted on 05/02/2007 11:48:24 AM PDT by Badeye (Hiding the kooks in the biker bar won't help, Sally)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Given the choices, I regret I couldn’t vote for him twice.


19 posted on 05/02/2007 11:49:16 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: West Coast Conservative

Dammit. That’s what they wanted to say.


20 posted on 05/02/2007 11:51:20 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Homer Reedy, a Republican from West Virginia said he voted for Mr. Bush in 2004 because he thought the president would call the troops home. “I voted for Bush in 2004 because I hoped he would call the soldiers back, but he didn’t,” he said.

Congratulations! The whole world knows how f-ing stupid you are now.

21 posted on 05/02/2007 11:53:48 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (I like Fred, but WILL be supporting the Republican nominee.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
I know what we got when we voted for him back in 2000:

Big spending believer in Big Government. But a good man.

Regrets, I have a few -- but President Bush was/is an order of magnitude better than the alternatives (God gave us an undeserved break this go-around).

22 posted on 05/02/2007 11:54:30 AM PDT by El Cid (Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon HIM while He is near.)
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To: DrDeb
[According to RASMUSSEN (who is also oversampling Democrats/undersampling Republicans), the President currently enjoys an almost 80% approval rating among Republicans!!]

...but at 39/59 among the entire electorate.

23 posted on 05/02/2007 11:59:31 AM PDT by meandog (But)
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To: meandog

“...but at 39/59 among the entire electorate.”
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1.) This article/post is about REPUBLICAN support;

2.) RASMUSSEN has succombed to MSM ‘groupthink/act’ pressure and altered his sampling formula from 37% Republican/Republican-leaning Independents: 37% Democrat/Democrat-leaning Independents: 24% Unaffiliated in 2005 to the following sampling for the month of APRIL:

For the month of April, 2007, those targets are 37.5 Democrat, 31.8 Republican, and 30.5% Unaffiliated.


24 posted on 05/02/2007 12:09:04 PM PDT by DrDeb
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To: West Coast Conservative
War in Iraq? No Democrat slant here.

All of the disillusioned Republicans that I know are that way because of corruption, runaway spending, or (most often) poor immigration policies. Iraq might not even be in the top 10.

25 posted on 05/02/2007 12:12:04 PM PDT by wbill
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To: West Coast Conservative

Oh, and while I dsagree with the president on several things (not the war....) I don’t regret my vote. Gore / Kerry would have been far, far worse.


26 posted on 05/02/2007 12:13:00 PM PDT by wbill
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To: West Coast Conservative
My only regret is that Bush isn’t a public speaker. I wish he could have express himself in a way that didn’t have him stumbling for words. I never doubted his good intentions, the man means well, and wants what is best for America. Gore and Kerry to me were nothing more than a couple of snakes in the grass who wanted the prestige of the office, but would have likely screwed things up. Neither of them struck me as being competent enough to run the Nation.
27 posted on 05/02/2007 12:15:05 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (They're already calling Fred Thompson names, they must fear him. Hmmmm ?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Anybody who P!sses off the Democraps that much is alright in my book.


28 posted on 05/02/2007 12:16:45 PM PDT by exile ("Is Barney Frank gay or retarded?" - IMAO)
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To: West Coast Conservative
I don’t know if I would want him to serve another term. Other than Iraq, he has no fight in him. He and his staff have let the Drive By Media and the Democrats define the issues and have never really fought back. In fact it is sad to see how inept this PR machine has been, particularly since the start of the second term.

Like em or hate em. the Clinton’s showed how it’s done as far as fighting back. Our side could do the same thing and still have the truth on their side. The days of staying above the fray are over thanks to instant communications. If you don’t respond immediately and forcefully, you’re fried. This group at the White House have no learned that and it’s a shame.

29 posted on 05/02/2007 12:21:56 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Drive By Media is America's worst enemy and American people don't know it.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Those are two biggies, and thirdly tax cuts! I think President Bush is one of the best presidents this country has had.


30 posted on 05/02/2007 12:23:43 PM PDT by TheDon (The DemocRAT party is the party of TREASON! Overthrow the terrorist's congress!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

John Roberts
Sam Alito

No more needs to be said :D


31 posted on 05/02/2007 12:27:13 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (A proud member of the Frederalist society.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

No regrets. None.


32 posted on 05/02/2007 12:29:09 PM PDT by Killborn (Age of servitude. A government of the traitors, by the liars, for the sheep.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Regrets? I’ve had a few, though none about my voting for President Bush.

While I haven’t agreed with everything he’s done (especially on spending like Prescription Drugs), he has been a HUGELY successful president, in my opinion. His biggest weakness BY FAR is his refusal to trumpet the massive successes of his administration, both domestically and internationally, because of his respect for the office of the presidency and his refusal to engage in what he views as common partisanship. This has enabled his enemies to bitterly attack him without having to worry about reprisals. Here are his biggest successes:

1) Partial Birth Abortion Ban, due to his appointment of Roberts and Alito: President Bush is largely responsible for the biggest win the pro-life movement has had since Roe was handed down in 1973.

2) War on Terror: President Bush has, in complete defiance of the Media and the lefties in this country, defended our nation from another terrorist attack and gone after terrorists abroad on an unprecedented scale. He has been positively Churchillian on this, and history will remember him as one of our most courageous presidents.

3) The Booming Economy: Thanks to his embrace of Reaganomics, and his enactment of the broad tax cuts, this nation’s economy is absolutely booming, with all taxpaying Americans getting a tax cut. It has been a miraculous recovery from the wreckage of 9/11, and this President is responsible for that. This boom has resulted in all time record tax revenues pouring into the Treasury and a deficit that is soon to be eliminated, even with all the post-9/11 spending that was required.


33 posted on 05/02/2007 12:40:02 PM PDT by Deo et Patria
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To: West Coast Conservative
A show done on this story would go something like this..

"We interviewed 2 million people on Dubya, and of the 1,999,950 people that said they approved of President Bush's handling of the country, we are going to interview the 50 people who don't like him because we feel this group 'represents the will of the people'..."

It's all about the MEE-dia..

34 posted on 05/02/2007 1:07:49 PM PDT by Fedupwithit (Enjoy life. You can make more money...you can't make more time.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Remeber how the NY Times & CBS polled voters six years into the Clinton Presidency whether the regretted voting for BJ, now that he was being impeached? Good times, good times...


35 posted on 05/02/2007 1:53:56 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: IndyTiger
Regrets, I've had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.

I am just grateful we had this man in charge on and after 9-11. Kerry or Gore would still be "talking" to the terrorists.

36 posted on 05/02/2007 2:49:18 PM PDT by barker ( A smile is a curved line that sets things straight.)
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To: The South Texan

Would you want to spend 12 years in the White House?

It’s an extremely stressful job, to say the least.


37 posted on 05/02/2007 5:04:55 PM PDT by zendari
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To: NeoCaveman

Hopefully more can be said after this summer.


38 posted on 05/02/2007 5:06:16 PM PDT by zendari
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To: West Coast Conservative

I think he’s fallen short of my expectations, but I’m glad it’s him in office and not John “Flip-flop” Kerry.


39 posted on 05/02/2007 7:16:51 PM PDT by RWB Patriot
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To: napscoordinator
Enough is enough. I don’t have regrets but am glad their are only 8 years max for President or we may never have had President Bush and we would still have President Clinton. They were talking about him running a third time and winning. No the system is just fine!!!!

I think the President would heartily agree.

40 posted on 05/02/2007 8:26:56 PM PDT by jmcenanly (Cowards take hostages. We do not.)
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To: rhombus

Homer is a liar who said he voted for Bush.

Pray for W and Our Troops


41 posted on 05/02/2007 8:28:26 PM PDT by bray (The Surge is Working against both Enemies of America)
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To: NeoCaveman
“No more needs to be said :D”

Not that great a trade for the trillions of new debt, the expansion of the welfare state, amnesty and the possible shift in the balance of political power that brings, the “religion of peace”, Mel “Amnestia” Martinez as the new “General Chair” of the RNC, finally having a Congress he could “work with” after 2006, the engineered increase of Muslim immigration into the US after 9/11, celebrating our enemy’s holiday in the White House (Eid), celebrating “Cinco de Mayo” (which is NOT an American holiday at all) in the White House while Mexicans march with their flag in our streets, and insulting Americans to a foreign audiences (said speech available at the WH website).....

There’s plenty for Conservatives to be angry with him over.

Kerry still would’ve been worse, but I would like - FOR ONCE - to not have to hold my nose and vote for the liberal with an “R” to avoid the liberal with a “D”.

42 posted on 05/02/2007 9:08:33 PM PDT by FredHunter08 (Guiliani! Come and Take Them!)
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To: Deo et Patria
“He has been positively Churchillian on this, and history will remember him as one of our most courageous presidents.”

I generally agree with your other too points, but the President won’t even name our enemy in this war and has never fought it as one.

Come on, his Administration intends to arm Fatah AGAIN!

43 posted on 05/02/2007 9:10:17 PM PDT by FredHunter08 (Guiliani! Come and Take Them!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I do not regret my vote for the President and if I could, I would vote for him in 2008. I love W!


44 posted on 05/02/2007 9:12:07 PM PDT by carton253 (I've cried tears and stayed the same.)
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To: FredHunter08

You’re wrong about this. The fact is that we’ve achieved military victory in both Iraq and Afghanistan and are succeeding in the much more difficult task of stablizing the countries post-war.


45 posted on 05/03/2007 2:44:17 AM PDT by Deo et Patria
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To: Deo et Patria
“You’re wrong about this. The fact is that we’ve achieved military victory in both Iraq and Afghanistan and are succeeding in the much more difficult task of stablizing the countries post-war.”

No, I’m not. Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t the totality of the war. They’re just two theaters in the war.

46 posted on 05/03/2007 5:41:10 AM PDT by FredHunter08 (Guiliani! Come and Take Them!)
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To: FredHunter08

Agreed that the war doesn’t end when Iraq and Afghanistan are stablized, but only the President and those who support him are willing to pursue the terrorists where we find them (including in Iran and Syria). Right now the President is building strongholds in the Middle East for the inevitable conflicts with Iran and Syria that are coming. It’s sad to see that even some FReepers have gone wobbly on the Iraq war, which is part of the War on Terror.

This is why I feel that on the War on Terror, Bush HAS been Churchillian. He will be vindicated by history.


47 posted on 05/03/2007 6:54:30 AM PDT by Deo et Patria
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To: Deo et Patria
“Agreed that the war doesn’t end when Iraq and Afghanistan are stablized, but only the President and those who support him are willing to pursue the terrorists where we find them (including in Iran and Syria). “

Is he? Why is his Administration funding Fatah? Why is SA and the UAE considered “staunch allies” when they fund the Sunni half of international terrorism and the spread of Jihad?

Praising your enemy isn’t Churchillian at all. Encouraging Muslim immigration into your country isn’t Churchillian. Not living up to your rhetoric isn’t Churchillian.

There is no “War on Terror”. Terror is a tactic. There is a war going on, but he will not name the enemy for fear of offending them.

BTW, I’m not sure I agree that a stronghold in the ME is one with a constitution that places Islam as the highest law. Has no one studied Kemal and Turkey?

48 posted on 05/03/2007 2:58:37 PM PDT by FredHunter08 (Guiliani! Come and Take Them!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

I voted for W twice and am satisfied with his leadership. Were he to be able to run again, he would get my support. I am a lot more supportive of him whenever he acts in a more conservative manner. I am in doubt of him whenever he wanders off the reservation and panders to Democrats.
Wandering and Pandering does not serve him, the country or any of us well.


49 posted on 05/03/2007 3:06:31 PM PDT by tenthirteen
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