Skip to comments.GOP Embraces McCain, Discards Bush
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."
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President Bush isn't running for president any more.
And you ask what’s wrong with the Party.
Is that article supposed to be journalism? Looks like a BDS Festival to me.
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....
Absolutely disgusting. And they wonder why the party is falling apart? They can....
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.
Yeah, energize us to form a NEW party.
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.
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.
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.
The historical fact is under President Bush Roberts and Alito were confirmed as justices.
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.
Yea, planted right in their backs!
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.
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.
“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.
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.
I wish we did have a stake in McCain, a wooden stake.
God save us from Obama and McCain.
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.
“I hate the media more than I hate the terrorists.”
You should know by now that they are in the same camp together.
What? No Barf alert?
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.
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.
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 McCains 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
You’re right. The title needed a Big Barf Alert.
When Julius Caesar was asked why it took him so long to conquer the Gauls, he said, there was a great number of them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crickets are chirping..................and chirping........
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?