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GOP Embraces McCain, Discards Bush
Reuters ^ | June 15, 2008

Posted on 06/15/2008 1:28:36 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

John McCain has cursed and bullied fellow Senate Republicans on a host of issues over the years. Yet McCain's colleagues are setting aside any hard feelings to embrace his White House bid -- for their own good.

In doing so, many are also distancing themselves from Republican President George W. Bush, widely derided for the unpopular Iraq war, ailing economy and soaring gas prices.

"We are going from rallying around one of the most disliked guys in the world, to a guy who is very well liked in America, but not so popular in the Senate," a Senate Republican leadership aide said. "We'll take that."

Republicans hope McCain, long popular among independents, will give them a boost and hold down anticipated Democratic gains in the November congressional elections.

A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll found that Democrats enjoy a 19-percentage-point lead over Republicans, 52-33, when voters are asked which party they want to control Congress.

By contrast, polls show Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama holding, on average, about a 5-point lead over McCain.

"McCain is running well ahead of his party," said Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center, which conducts polls on the congressional and presidential contests.

While Bush's approval rating has dipped below 30 percent, a recent Pew poll found 48 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of McCain, with about 45 percent unfavorable, despite his dogged support of the Iraq war.

"Republicans have a stake in McCain," said Stephen Hess, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution. "They hope he helps energize their party."

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


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KEYWORDS: 2008polls; bds; electionpresident; gop; gopcoup; mccain; pew; rinorevolution; socialistrepublican; soros2008; turncoats
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1 posted on 06/15/2008 1:28:36 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
o reuters, you're such drama queens.

President Bush isn't running for president any more.

2 posted on 06/15/2008 1:30:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (" ")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And you ask what’s wrong with the Party.


3 posted on 06/15/2008 1:30:59 PM PDT by benjamin032
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Republicans have a stake in McCain," said Stephen Hess, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution. "They hope he helps energize their party."

Bwwwwahhhhhahhhahh!!!!

4 posted on 06/15/2008 1:31:59 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Peace is Not The Question.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is that article supposed to be journalism? Looks like a BDS Festival to me.


5 posted on 06/15/2008 1:32:15 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Free ThinkerNY

LOL


6 posted on 06/15/2008 1:32:30 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
President Bush isn't running for president any more.

He isn't, but he (and his low approval numbers) will have a signficant impact on the election.

The RNC has already conceded they will lose Senate and House seats. And in the smoke-filled back rooms, they are contemplating that they very probably will lose the White House, too.

But Bush isn't running.
7 posted on 06/15/2008 1:35:14 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Free ThinkerNY
> GOP Embraces McCain

That should be a warning to all the "conservatives" who think they're going to be able to 'work from within' under a Pres. McCain....

8 posted on 06/15/2008 1:36:49 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: andy58-in-nh
"They hope he helps energize their party."

If all the electorate had is McCain, it would be a snooze-fest.

That is going to be one of the major factors -- Obama rouses the crowds; McCain puts them to sleep.


9 posted on 06/15/2008 1:38:04 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Free ThinkerNY
GOP 08 Convention


10 posted on 06/15/2008 1:39:19 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: TomGuy
I think the main reason his numbers are low is due to the BDS in the MSM.

Personally.

11 posted on 06/15/2008 1:39:46 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (Write in: Fred Thompson)
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To: TomGuy
Obama rouses the crowds; McCain puts them to sleep

You have captured the problem. In today's media-kooky culture, the drama queen Obama, lies all he wants but makes it sound good to those who don't think beyond the next 5 minutes.
12 posted on 06/15/2008 1:43:29 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Headline should be

GOP Embraces McCain, Discards Evangelicals


13 posted on 06/15/2008 1:46:29 PM PDT by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"In doing so, many are also distancing themselves from Republican President George W. Bush, widely derided for the unpopular Iraq war, ailing economy and soaring gas prices."

Absolutely disgusting. And they wonder why the party is falling apart? They can....

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14 posted on 06/15/2008 1:47:33 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: the anti-liberal
I think the main reason his numbers are low is due to the BDS in the MSM.

I solidly agree.

1) President Bush has done very well protecting the nation following the 9-11 attack.

2) Despite the 9-11 attack for most of his two terms the economy posted GDP numbers the Euros only dream about.

3) Our do nothing Congress is to blame about gas prices with their handicapping our nation from recovering resources within our own boundaries.

4) He held us even as possible on Supreme Court appointments with two solid judges in Alito and Roberts.

15 posted on 06/15/2008 1:48:19 PM PDT by A message
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Republicans have a stake in McCain," said Stephen Hess, a congressional scholar at the Brookings Institution. "They hope he helps energize their party."

Yeah, energize us to form a NEW party.

16 posted on 06/15/2008 1:48:51 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: the anti-liberal
I think the main reason his numbers are low is due to the BDS in the MSM.

His continually trying to push through amnesty for illegals, his open borders, his Dubai ports deal, his Miers nomination...those didn't help either.

Bush burned himself, like McCain is doing, by turning against his base.

If McCain did win, he would probably start January 20, 2009 with the lowest approval numbers of any newly elected president in history.

Then, he would have to try to govern with low approval ratings and a Dem-controlled Congress. It ain't gonna be pretty.
17 posted on 06/15/2008 1:49:17 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Good point.


18 posted on 06/15/2008 1:49:43 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (A Lesser Evil Is Still Evil.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

While Bush’s approval rating has dipped below 30 percent... congress is at 15%.

As for Bush, in general the GOP still loves him. I think he has been and still is a great president.


19 posted on 06/15/2008 1:54:06 PM PDT by Liberty 275
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To: A message
4) He held us even as possible on Supreme Court appointments with two solid judges in Alito and Roberts.

How quickly the historical revisionists forget.

Alito wasn't a solid pick--not until after the Mier fiasco, which took massive outrage (cards, letters, emails, phone calls) to correct.


20 posted on 06/15/2008 1:55:12 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: andy58-in-nh

A former Goldwater guy who “saw the light” as to what it takes to be socially accepted by the Washington liberal elite, and became a lefty to be part of the elite. They even complimented his sculptures and made him feel soooo arty.


21 posted on 06/15/2008 1:57:31 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: TomGuy

When you’ve been so incompetent and squandered so much political capital through lack of leadership why not keep eating well and continue to squander. Blaming it all on Bush means not taking the blame you so richly deserve.


22 posted on 06/15/2008 1:59:45 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: TomGuy
I'm not revising anything. The historical fact is he first chose Mier which was strongly rebuked and turned up with Alito who is a solid judge.

The historical fact is under President Bush Roberts and Alito were confirmed as justices.

23 posted on 06/15/2008 2:00:12 PM PDT by A message
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll found that Democrats enjoy a 19-percentage-point lead over Republicans, 52-33, when voters are asked which party they want to control Congress.

Of course, half of the people polled don't know that the democrats currently control Congress. If we are going to preserve this Nation, there needs to be some serious voter education.

Every Republican running for office this year needs to be part of a national campaign to run against the "do nothing, good for nothing" democrat controlled Congress.

24 posted on 06/15/2008 2:00:17 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy ("What's up with Whitey?" - Michelle Obama)
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To: TomGuy
All Pres. Bush would have to do to lower oil prices is sign an Executive Order sicking the CFTC on the crude scam.
25 posted on 06/15/2008 2:01:42 PM PDT by kcm.org (Soros declares crude oil prices are a bubble)
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To: andy58-in-nh
"Republicans have a stake in McCain"

Yea, planted right in their backs!

26 posted on 06/15/2008 2:01:59 PM PDT by RasterMaster (Rudy McRomneyson = KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
President Bush has been a disappointment in some respects, but this country has not been attacked in nearly 7 years, terror attacks world-wide are down significantly, the economy has been strong throughout his administration until recently, he has made some good SCOTUS nominations....but he has been a failure on immigration and spending. But I truly believe he is a good man who does what he believes is right regardless of political consequences.

I do not believe the same about McCain...I believe he curries favor with the left and the press by poking conservatives in the eye...he burnishes his image as a "maverick" by intentionally being contrarian on conservative issues just to get press and accolades as "reaching across the aisle" even if he himself doesn't believe in some of his own positions. Why should I believe he'll behave differently as president?

Right on abortion (too late)...right on the war (we already won)...right on queer marriage (so what?)...iffy on taxes..WRONG on immigration, CFR, Keating 5, Gang of 14, global warming scam, sucking up to the political enemy, advoctates government micromanaging corporations, total wimp on new oil exploration, wrong on so-called torture, total hypocrite on Gitmo, etc, etc.

27 posted on 06/15/2008 2:04:56 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Leaving the top of my ballot blank.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
While Bush's approval rating has dipped below 30 percent”

Ummm..Mr Al Reuters, the Democratic congress can only dream of such a high approval rating, seeing that they have an approval rating that is a lot lower than that of Bush. Of course Al Reuters left that little detail out of this disgusting BDS article.
As for McCain, he can no more "unite" the Republican party than Saddam could unite Iraq. Republicans MAY vote for McCain because Obama is such a scary character, who will destroy America's economy and make Carter's terrible regime look like a dress rehearsal in economic mismanagement.

28 posted on 06/15/2008 2:05:53 PM PDT by KevinJohnson
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To: clintonh8r
I meant to add that he can do two things to earn my vote: Pledge to be a one-term president (so that he can be a true hawk on spending) and select a bona fide conservative for vice president.
29 posted on 06/15/2008 2:07:25 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Leaving the top of my ballot blank.)
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To: Liberty 275

“As for Bush, in general the GOP still loves him. I think he has been and still is a great president.”

Me too. Too bad we aren’t doing the body count thing. W has put the hurt on al Qaeda. Moreover, I hope there is a full historical review of how we got into Iraq. W will be vindicated.

The realization that Reagan won the cold war came after his term. Likewise, The realization that W has won the war on terror will come soon too. I figure W freed 50 million people and prevented another homeland attack. All the while, the left has been lying on him and Dems stabbing him in the back. Pretty damn good.

I hope W leaves Iran to Obambi. He’s done enough heavy lifting.


30 posted on 06/15/2008 2:12:23 PM PDT by y6162
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bush can’t run a third time and he has endorsed McCain. How can this be spun into “GOP discards Bush for McCain”. I hate the media more than I hate the terrorists.


31 posted on 06/15/2008 2:15:54 PM PDT by SolidWood (Refusal to vote for McCain is active support of Obama. Period.)
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To: NoGrayZone

I wish we did have a stake in McCain, a wooden stake.

God save us from Obama and McCain.


32 posted on 06/15/2008 2:17:45 PM PDT by stockpirate (Remember when pro-McCain posters were trolls? Now they are Republicans, and I'm the troll)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Whatever will the Drive-Bys write about next year:

Bush soaks in Europe like only a president can

LONDON - Tea at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth II, bike rides in a Paris park and the lush German countryside, a stunning view from a Renaissance villa outside Rome, a rare stroll with the pope in the Vatican's private gardens?

Not a bad life. It seems President Bush is learning to enjoy the perks of traveling abroad as the most powerful man in the world. (cont.)
33 posted on 06/15/2008 2:23:12 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: y6162

The body count thing.

Bush stated that we have kiiled or captured 15,000 per month.

That’s about 130,000 per year times say 5-6 years.


34 posted on 06/15/2008 2:25:52 PM PDT by stockpirate (Remember when pro-McCain posters were trolls? Now they are Republicans, and I'm the troll)
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To: SolidWood

“I hate the media more than I hate the terrorists.”

You should know by now that they are in the same camp together.


35 posted on 06/15/2008 2:40:24 PM PDT by 353FMG (What marxism and fascism could not destroy, liberalism did.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What? No Barf alert?


36 posted on 06/15/2008 2:42:53 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: clintonh8r
...right on the war (we already won).

We have "won" the War in Iraq just as we "won" Western Europe in 1945 (we are still there), just as we "won" South Korea in 1953 (we are still there) and just as we "won" South Vietnam in 1972 (we bugged out).

With Obama in the White House, you will see a bug out from Iraq and, a year or so after that, you will, in the words of Yogi Berra, have deja vu all over again.


37 posted on 06/15/2008 2:43:58 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Free ThinkerNY

McCain couldn’t energize a dead slug. What disease has infected these dimwits?

I still would choose Bush ovewr the crazy lib McCain.

McCain is no good, and means no good. All McCain wants is another war where he is CIC to prove something because he was not an achiever.

He and his counterpart Obama should BOTH be kicked to the curb. Disgusting.


38 posted on 06/15/2008 2:46:37 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

For later.


39 posted on 06/15/2008 2:50:49 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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Seems our "Spock" should be wearing a beard, don't it?

40 posted on 06/15/2008 3:17:33 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: indylindy
All McCain wants is another war where he is CIC to prove something because he was not an achiever.

So, indylindy, why don't you tell us how many bombing missions you have flown and how much ordnance you delivered on target so we can see an example of what REAL achievement in a war looks like.

on October 26, 1967, he launched in his A-4E "Skyhawk", Bureau #149959, attack aircraft as the number three aircraft in the first division of a strike group against the Hanoi Thermal Power Plant. As part of the Attack Squadron 163, it was McCain’s 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam. .... McCain's flight met with considerable resistance in the form of anti-aircraft fire and surface-to-air missiles (SAM) approaching the target. As McCain rolled into his dive, his aircraft was observed by his wingman to take a direct hit by a Soviet-made SA-2

"Although his aircraft was severely damaged, he continued his bomb delivery pass and released his bombs on the target. When the aircraft would not recover from the dive, Commander McCain was forced to eject over the target." ... The citation for McCain's Distinguished Flying Cross

41 posted on 06/15/2008 3:21:46 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Free ThinkerNY
GOP Embraces McCain, Discards Bush

Bull shit!

42 posted on 06/15/2008 3:25:25 PM PDT by McGruff
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To: imahawk

You’re right. The title needed a Big Barf Alert.


43 posted on 06/15/2008 3:40:10 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Stop the Obamanation!))))
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To: stockpirate

When Julius Caesar was asked why it took him so long to conquer the Gauls, he said, there was a great number of them.


44 posted on 06/15/2008 3:41:53 PM PDT by y6162
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To: Polybius
You sound like a Democrat. I am a 50 year old female. No, I did not serve. My two grandfathers, my two husbands, my father, and my son is serving now.

Just because I did not serve is not a valid reason for me to not assess my opinion of McCain. I never said I did not appreciate his service in Vietnam. This is a lib tactic you are using and I really resent it.

McCain graduated at the bottom of his class in college, that is what I was referring to. I do not think McCain is bright enough to act as POTUS. Neither is Obama. McCain may have honorable service behind him but that does not make him, with his lib socialist ways, a good GOP candidate for POTUS.

I am not going to get nasty with you, but your argument is weak at best.

45 posted on 06/15/2008 3:52:06 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Republican President George W. Bush, widely derided for the unpopular Iraq war, ailing economy and soaring gas prices."

Yes, "widely derided" -- over and over, like a neverending drumbeat -- by YOU, Rooters, and the rest of the DAMNEDMSMDBMCNNABCBSNBCBSPBSMSNBCREUTERSMARXISTMEDIA!!!!!!!

Without the endless self-fulfilling prophecy/repetitive slandering of Bush by the libmedia, he would be "WIDELY ACCLAIMED" as the President who saved the U.S. from innumerable repeats of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

46 posted on 06/15/2008 3:53:12 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: indylindy
All McCain wants is another war where he is CIC to prove something because he was not an achiever. .... indylindy

So, indylindy, why don't you tell us how many bombing missions you have flown and how much ordnance you delivered on target so we can see an example of what REAL achievement in a war looks like. ... Polybius

You sound like a Democrat. .... indylindy

So, let me get this straight. You have never served in the military. John McCain flew A-4 Skyhawk dive bombing mission 23 times into the teeth of North Vietnamese air defenses. You accuse him of being "not an achiever" in war. Then you accuse ME of sounding "like a Democrat".

Are you on crack?

I am a 50 year old female. No, I did not serve.

Then you should put that information on your home page so that the rest of us can consider the source the next time you mock a combat veteran's war record.

47 posted on 06/15/2008 4:09:57 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Polybius

Nothing I said mocked his war record. I dare you to point it out. You cannot. Can you? I stand by my opinion of McCain and if you don’t like my opinion, I guess you will have to live with it. Sorry.

YOU are delusional. You are crazed. Geesh.


48 posted on 06/15/2008 4:14:21 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: indylindy

Crickets are chirping..................and chirping........


49 posted on 06/15/2008 4:35:41 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Reuters, like all the media, is under the mistaken impression that the President is universally disliked. They make it sound like no Republican can win because he’s just going to drag them down. Isn’t is odd that they never mention that Congress has a lower job approval rating than the President, and it’s been controlled by Democrats for the last two years? Why wouldn’t the Democrat candidate be dragged down because of that?


50 posted on 06/15/2008 8:17:00 PM PDT by SuziQ
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