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Bush: Some voted for Obama ‘because of me’
The Hill ^ | 2008-12-01 | Reid Wilson

Posted on 12/01/2008 12:54:38 PM PST by rabscuttle385

Calling the 2008 elections a “repudiation of Republicans,” President Bush shouldered at least some of the blame for his party’s poor results in November.

“I’m sure some people voted for [President-elect] Barack Obama because of me,” the outgoing president said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; bush; dnctrojanhorse; georgebush; gop; greatpresident; issues; mccain; obama; socialist
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To: rabscuttle385

Hey, why doesn’t Bush act like Barack Obama or Joe Biden, and simply deny and avoid the fact that he’s ever done anything wrong in his life? I appreciate the candor - most politicians will tell you that butter doesn’t melt in their mouths.


51 posted on 12/01/2008 1:30:23 PM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: Gondring
One moment, he's an unstoppable super-genius,

Bet that "Never play poker with George Bush " mantra is long forgotten
52 posted on 12/01/2008 1:32:07 PM PST by uncbob
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To: rabscuttle385

What’s with the sudden rash of articles where Bush is beating himself up? Has he suddenly lost all self-respect?


53 posted on 12/01/2008 1:33:03 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (I'll give Obama the same amount of respect the left gave Bush)
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To: jveritas

Re#35 I heard Rove in an interview and the numbers were astounding. There was no tsunami for 0bama. Despite all odds, it was winnable for the GOP, despite the unprecedented fraud of the MSM and McCain. I get ill thinking about those GOP voters that stayed home. Too many look at total vote count. For example, 0bama beat McCain by 200,000 in Ohio but McCain got 300,000 less than W in ‘04 there. By way of further example, loss of control the House and Senate in ‘06 turned on 80,000 total votes out of something like 40 million or so cast. *sighing, sadly*


54 posted on 12/01/2008 1:33:59 PM PST by eureka! (Must not let the election continue to depress me so much.)
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To: STARWISE
Attention Bush-bot. I voted for Bush twice, so as Bush voter, when he strays, ya, I'm going to speak out. Nice how between Bush, Rove, and the RNC, the republican party has slipped to a record low. They have done so by acting like democrats so that they would be liked. They abondoned the base. If you think different, get off your BDS high horse, and show me what he has done in the overall scope of growing the party, and putting America first.

I will recognize his efforts for 9/11, social security (privitizing),pushed for ANWR, the Iraqi war. But his second term has been weak. Did he give up after Tony Snow left the white house?

The border Guard incident is so far over the top in being wrong, it makes me ill. So I'm not his biggest fan.

Just like this last election, I voted for Sarah Palin, and what's his name.
55 posted on 12/01/2008 1:34:00 PM PST by Issaquahking (Obama won the election, and America lost!)
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To: STARWISE

Disgust over the Clinton scandals undoubtedly cost Gore some votes in 2000, but I can’t imagine Bill Clinton ever admitting that some people voted for Bush in 2000 because of him.


56 posted on 12/01/2008 1:34:26 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: rabscuttle385

There are a great number of reasons for an 0bama victory. Taking or assigning blame are equally futile. The search for reasons seem to always ignore the elephant in the room.

Obama is not that intelligent nor is he the great speaker we have been told. He was spewed forth from the Alinsky school and then straight into the Chicago Machine. Even at that, if he had been Barry O’Brien, a few years removed from the Illinois legislature, most of us would not even have heard his name.

His qualifications for being President were, running for President and reading from a teleprompter. If Barry O’Brien had even mentioned running for the presidency he would have been laughed to scorn and been made an object of ridicule.

It is my opinion that he won both the Democratic nomination and the POTUS for no other reason than he was black. If we agree that Barry O’Brien wouldn’t have had a chance and that Obama exhibits nothing unique in leadership abilities or knowledge; we must conclude that he won only because of the amount of melanin in his skin.


57 posted on 12/01/2008 1:37:52 PM PST by WildcatClan (AND THOSE DOESNT BRAIN JUST GO. ---- Cecile Noe)
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To: rabscuttle385

Nice guys finish last. (Leo Durocher)


58 posted on 12/01/2008 1:39:54 PM PST by dancusa (For liberals there is no end to their rights and no beginning to their responsibilities.)
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To: livius
“were his attempt to show people that he was not the eeevil George Bush after all. “
>>>>>>>........
cannot disagree more.. remember after the 04 election he stated: “I have political capital and I will use it!!”
He did on liberal agendas and free trade and open borders
and spending us into this financial mess..appointing life long democrats to high office (paulson for one)..
please you are deluding yourself.
59 posted on 12/01/2008 1:40:44 PM PST by shadowgovernment (From the Ashes of a Republican rout will raise a Conservative Party)
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To: rabscuttle385

You were Obama’s whole campaign you moron!(GWB=McCain=get even with Obama) , They went door to door banging, “This is your last chance to vote against Bush”. GWB was definitely the star of election and the democrat’s gift that keeps on giving victories. Can we keep him on somehow? maybe party chief like Howard Dean??


60 posted on 12/01/2008 1:41:10 PM PST by sickoflibs (McCain asks: "Did you stupid conservatives really believe me? HA-HA-HA, wait til 09")
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To: STARWISE

You know the man down the street is a truly humble, decent and honest man, but that does not a President make. When are you Rino bushbots going to realize that your humble, decent, honest man by his inactions and even poorer actions gave this country to the socialists for years into the future.


61 posted on 12/01/2008 1:43:19 PM PST by brydic1
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To: rabscuttle385

These are mere statements. Reagan could say the same thing and be 100% correct.


62 posted on 12/01/2008 1:44:44 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: eureka!
“I get ill thinking about those GOP voters that stayed home. Too many look at total vote count.”
>>>>>>>>>>>............
how many sticks did McCain jab in our eyes as conservatives
and you have the gall to blame many for staying home??
it's the likes of you that have caused this rout. and a rout it was..the GOP has left US..and I hope for good.
63 posted on 12/01/2008 1:44:57 PM PST by shadowgovernment (From the Ashes of a Republican rout will raise a Conservative Party)
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To: hinckley buzzard

“I firmly believe that the immigration debate really didn’t show the true nature of America as a welcoming society,” Bush said of the harsh rhetoric that raged on Capitol Hill before the 2006 elections. “I fully understand we need to enforce law and enforce borders. But the debate took on a tone that undermined the true greatness of America, which is that we welcome people who want to work hard and support their families.”

Translation: I still mean it. Opponents were racist bigots. My paymasters may want to depress wages more, but they are “great”. We are not “welcoming” with only letting in one million people a year.


64 posted on 12/01/2008 1:45:35 PM PST by Shermy ("The whole world has financed the United States, ...they have a reciprocal debt with the planet.")
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To: LottieDah

There are liberals who aren’t happy about it. But they will hold their tongues. AS they did for 12 years regarding the Clintons.


65 posted on 12/01/2008 1:47:35 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: Jeff Head
President Bush, your failure to defend yourself and your administration head on against raving attacks by a complicit press, led that press and its allies in the DNC to paint you with a brush, particularly regarding the war, that demanded a defense.

Bingo! GWB's worst failing was to allow his office, the American Presidency, to become a leaderless, spineless, rudderless laughingstock in the eyes of the public.

A lot of Bushbots, including those whose views I genuinely respect, are of the belief that he had to nobly sacrifice his popularity to conduct the war, but I just don't buy it. I cannot attribute to conspiracy what can very simply be explained by incompetence.

I judge the next worst thing about GWB's Presidency to be the fact that his agenda has been successfully equated with "conservatism" by the media. With a very few exceptions, his actions were far from conservative.

66 posted on 12/01/2008 1:48:38 PM PST by AngryJawa (SOCIALISM SUCKS)
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To: brydic1

“When President Bush is asked what he plans to do when he leaves office, he often replies curtly: “I don’t have that much time to think beyond my presidency” or “I’m going to sprint to the finish.”

But in an interview with a book author in the Oval Office one day last December, he daydreamed about the next phase of his life, when his time will be his own.

First, Mr. Bush said, “I’ll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol’ coffers.” With assets that have been estimated as high as nearly $21 million, Mr. Bush added, “I don’t know what my dad gets — it’s more than 50-75” thousand dollars a speech, and “Clinton’s making a lot of money.” “

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1890031/posts


There’s the “honorable” man.


67 posted on 12/01/2008 1:49:48 PM PST by Shermy ("The whole world has financed the United States, ...they have a reciprocal debt with the planet.")
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To: jveritas

Let’s not forget the ACORN effect.


68 posted on 12/01/2008 1:50:51 PM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: Shermy
We are not “welcoming” with only letting in one million people a year.

You said a mouthful right there. The word "sustainable" gets bandied about in politics quite a bit of late but you never hear it in reference to bringing in a million immigrants a year. Regardless, it is not sustainable and we are going to get our education on this issue at the "School of Hard Knocks"

69 posted on 12/01/2008 1:51:42 PM PST by WildcatClan (AND THOSE DOESNT BRAIN JUST GO. ---- Cecile Noe)
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To: Shermy

Yes, so much for his humility. He plans to make millions while most Americans have lost their retirement monies while he was in office.


70 posted on 12/01/2008 1:52:53 PM PST by brydic1
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To: eureka!

It is very sad indeed.


71 posted on 12/01/2008 1:57:44 PM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: shadowgovernment

SCOTUS, WOT, abortion, whatever. You showed ‘em. *spit*


72 posted on 12/01/2008 1:58:52 PM PST by eureka! (Must not let the election continue to depress me so much.)
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To: jveritas
Rove estimated that 5 millions Republicans stayed home in this election

I wasn't one of them but I don't begrudge those 5 mil for doing so.
The number may even increase next time if a genuine conservative isn't at the top of the ticket.
Saying these people hated McCain more than they love America, or that they are responsible for Obama's victory will be of no benefit to the GOP and certainly will not help in reaching a solution to the 'Republican problem', and it makes one appear petty and foolish to falsely cast these malicious allegations.

73 posted on 12/01/2008 2:01:54 PM PST by jla ("We much admire and wholeheartedly support Sarah Palin" --- T. Jefferson & R. Reagan)
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To: eureka!

SCOTUS, WOT, abortion, whatever. You showed ‘em.
>>>>>>>>>>>...........
LOL now I know what it means when they say: You can fool some of the people...WOT forced on him, Scotus fought conservatives and tried to appoint another liberal female
as for abortion maybe, but billions $$ for Aids in of all places Africa..I know BS when i see it and I sure see it
in your post.


74 posted on 12/01/2008 2:04:08 PM PST by shadowgovernment (From the Ashes of a Republican rout will raise a Conservative Party)
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To: brydic1; Issaquahking

Name calling, labeling .. sad.

Got it.


75 posted on 12/01/2008 2:04:13 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: jveritas
The passage of the Bail Out of the banks and Wall Street has proven that both the Republican and Democratic parties are Socialist. And I have nothing but hate for Socialists.

And, yes I understand that some here love Socialism as long as it is forced upon you by a Republican.

76 posted on 12/01/2008 2:04:41 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: jla
Why would someone stay home knowing that Barack Obama will be much worse than McCain on all issues?
77 posted on 12/01/2008 2:06:20 PM PST by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: STARWISE
You are a perfect example of what the problem is with the existing status quo of the party. Put on your blinders and ride with the boys that came to DC from Detroit, in a Gulfstream with a tin cup for money, except you want votes.

Name calling, labeling .. sad. Got it.

I see your gutless when it comes to defending your position too. You're just another nail in the coffin of a party that really was the Grand Ole Party, when the base worked to promote it. Thanks for stimulating, and intelligent responses.../s>
78 posted on 12/01/2008 2:13:57 PM PST by Issaquahking (Obama won the election, and America lost!)
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To: trumandogz

“I understand that some here love Socialism as long as it is forced upon you by a Republican.”
>>>>>>>>>.......................
ditto, thats why I have left the GOP..may it rot.
some here still think the GOP can be changed I do not
Lets hope a conservative party can arise from the ashes of this election.


79 posted on 12/01/2008 2:20:29 PM PST by shadowgovernment (From the Ashes of a Republican rout will raise a Conservative Party)
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To: STARWISE

I agree.


80 posted on 12/01/2008 2:55:47 PM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: Issaquahking

Now I’m gutless?

When was I asked to defend anything?

Ending this irrational volley.


81 posted on 12/01/2008 3:01:28 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: shadowgovernment
-“I have political capital and I will use it!!” He did on liberal agendas and free trade and open borders and spending us into this financial mess..appointing life long democrats to high office (paulson for one).. please you are deluding yourself.

There is a shadow government; it determines our Presidents, at a minimum down to two candidates, it determines our Senators, as to who can run, it determines our nation's policies: as in rampant amnesty for illegal invaders; as in bail out of the most heinous greedy financial institutions; as in impunity on government eminent domain; as in vast spending and economic "incentives" to cultivate citizen government dependence; as in mass indoctrination to cultivate diversity-associated guilt; as in world leveling of economies and prosperity through environmental fear.

GWB was just another one of those. To think in terms of self guided personalities is totally naive, tantamount to reading People Magazine.

Does anyone really think that Julia Roberts is the most beautiful, talented actress in the world? There is a shadow-Hollywood that says come here girl we're going to make you a star.

Does anyone really think that Brad Pitt is the most manly talented actor in the world? There is a shadow-Hollywood that says come here boy we're going to make you a star.

Does anyone really think the Barach Obama is the most experienced talented leader and administrator in the world? There is a shadow-government that ---

The sad thing is the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, could be, today, virtually energy and resource independent from the rest of the sad scrambling world, a booming dollar, and nowhere on the planet like it, but there is a shadow-government---

Johnny Suntrade

82 posted on 12/01/2008 3:02:25 PM PST by jnsun (The LEFT: The need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer)
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To: Verginius Rufus

but I can’t imagine Bill Clinton ever admitting that some people voted for Bush in 2000 because of him

~~~

Never happen... his narcisscism rules.

Restoring honor and dignity to our White House that had been so defiled for so long mattered then, and thanks to the decency and the respect they have for the office, Pres. and Laura Bush sure swept out the flies and filth and made us proud. God bless them.

How quickly some have forgotten the rotgut vulgarities, pay as you go tollway, and scandal after scandal in that White House.


83 posted on 12/01/2008 3:11:01 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: uncbob
Bet that "Never play poker with George Bush " mantra is long forgotten

LOL!

84 posted on 12/01/2008 3:29:58 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: rabscuttle385

McCain’s problem is that he had to campaign on “change”, just like the other guy. And why would people choose OLD change with McCain when they could choose NEW change with Obama?

The reason McCain had to campaign on “change” is because George Bush sat there like a punching bag for eight years, never having the guts to stand up and defend himself as lie after lie after lie from the rats and their newsrooms went left unanswered. Bush’s unwillingness to stand up and fight was an eight-year slap in the face to his bewildered supporters, including me.

The result was that the Democrat candidate could successfully tie his opponent to the easily-smeared punching bag, Bush, while the Republican candidate had little choice but to distance himself from Bush. What, McCain was supposed to defend a man who refused for eight years to defend himself? This situation left McCain between a rock and a hard place.

So yes, this year’s Republican slaughter was Bush’s fault. No joke.
Ironically, Bush defeated McCain in 2000 and now again in 2008.
Whew....

And yeah, Dubya - - people DID vote for Zero because of you.
Congratulations.


85 posted on 12/01/2008 3:33:49 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: uncbob
Eight years of playing poker and all we got were more democrats and large deficits.
86 posted on 12/01/2008 3:55:01 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: rabscuttle385

What is this? George Bush confession week. Every stinking day he is whining this, and other crap. SHUT UP BUSH. Keep your stupid guilt in your own heart and mind. You know there are a huge amount of areas you screwed the pooch in and CAUSED THE DEFEAT of the republican party. You were #1 in turning the party into a center left bunch. Just shut up and go home.


87 posted on 12/01/2008 3:56:46 PM PST by RetiredArmy (NOTE TO REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS: PLAY THE CONSERVATIVE CARD!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

“Bush: Some voted for Obama ‘because of me’”

I’d say about 4 million votes.


88 posted on 12/01/2008 4:08:52 PM PST by Grunthor (bush04 - 62, 040, 610 mccain08 - 58, 164, 693.......Moving left is NOT the answer!)
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To: weegee

It was Obama v McCain....not Obama v Clinton.


89 posted on 12/01/2008 4:10:42 PM PST by Grunthor (bush04 - 62, 040, 610 mccain08 - 58, 164, 693.......Moving left is NOT the answer!)
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To: dragonblustar

“He really lost some votes after that amnesty fiasco last year and calling the base xenophobes.”

Looks like some of my fellow xenophobes took it personally.


90 posted on 12/01/2008 4:11:33 PM PST by Grunthor (bush04 - 62, 040, 610 mccain08 - 58, 164, 693.......Moving left is NOT the answer!)
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To: Canedawg

“I’m more upset that he is regurgitating the “faulty intelligence in Iraq” self-defeating narrative.”

I find it odd that even while the President himself says this, there are many of his supporters that STILL cling to the faulty intelligence as if ONE DAY, someone will wave a magic wand and “poof” “why, there’s them danged ole WMD’s, hiding in plain sight all this time, by golly!”


91 posted on 12/01/2008 4:15:03 PM PST by Grunthor (bush04 - 62, 040, 610 mccain08 - 58, 164, 693.......Moving left is NOT the answer!)
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To: rabscuttle385
It was a repudiation of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only). I believe that the Republican Senators, who were up for reelection and voted against the $700 billion hijack of our money, were all reelected except one. And there were other reasons for that lost.

I couldn't believe he said that. Why doesn't he just go and join the Democrat party.

I used to take down the degrading pictures of Bush they would put up on the bulletin boards at work. Now they can stay up for all I care.

I would never have thought a lame duck president could do as much damage as he has done to the country.

I held my nose and voted for McCain. Sarah Palin was a breath of fresh air. We need to rebuild the party with Reagan ideals. If we ever want to win again, the party has to stand for something we can believe in.

92 posted on 12/01/2008 4:18:59 PM PST by FR_addict
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To: Grunthor

Perhaps you didnt see the aerial films of a caravan of loaded vehicles escaping to syria before the US military arrived. And did you miss the fact that he actually used chemical and bio WMD against his own subjects?


93 posted on 12/01/2008 4:38:56 PM PST by Canedawg (The media is a ass, a idiot.," said Mr. Bumble.)
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To: FR_addict
Sarah Palin was a breath of fresh air.

If she doesn't get corrupted first, and if she has good, genuine conservative advisers, not like the quasi-Socialists hanging around with Bush, McCain, et al.

Only time will tell. I think she may have been brought out into the limelight a little too early, though.

94 posted on 12/01/2008 5:05:35 PM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Canedawg

“Perhaps you didnt see the aerial films of a caravan of loaded vehicles escaping to syria before the US military arrived.”

So you have irrefutable proof of what was in those trucks then?

“And did you miss the fact that he actually used chemical and bio WMD against his own subjects?”

Of course he did. And we know that AT ONE POINT he had WMDs....we still have the receipt. Look, I am NOT saying “Bush lied” I am saying that EVEN Bush now agrees that the intel was AT BEST faulty while his unrepentant sycophants still cling to bitter hope and ghostly “trucks heading to Syria.”


95 posted on 12/01/2008 6:09:21 PM PST by Grunthor (bush04 - 62, 040, 610 mccain08 - 58, 164, 693.......Moving left is NOT the answer!)
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To: Grunthor

You must be the pigeon in a shell game.


96 posted on 12/01/2008 6:16:25 PM PST by Canedawg (The media is a ass, a idiot.," said Mr. Bumble.)
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To: Canedawg

“You must be the pigeon in a shell game.”

You must mistakenly believe that was a logical answer to my post. That and “Dubya” has been a GREAT POTUS!

Self delusion is not healthy, seek help.


97 posted on 12/01/2008 6:31:47 PM PST by Grunthor (bush04 - 62, 040, 610 mccain08 - 58, 164, 693.......Moving left is NOT the answer!)
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To: Canedawg
Why is he giving a public confession today?
This is the third separate admission I have read here that he has made today.

It's almost as if he is being held hostage by some really terrible threat against America and is being forced to say this stuff to keep it from happening; at least that would be a grande and heroic reason, but then he did deny that the clintonites had damaged the white house at all when they left, and he apologized for the yellow cake fiasco, when his accusers were proved liars. There have been so many times when we have risen to his defense and he has just smacked us down by agreeing with the media and the Democrat's false charges.

98 posted on 12/01/2008 7:30:20 PM PST by antonia (A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. - Edward R. Murrow)
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To: antonia

There have been so many times when we have risen to his defense and he has just smacked us down by agreeing with the media and the Democrat’s false charges.


I wholeheartedly agree. He has been knocked off-stride for some unknown reason. He has surrendered to the MSM’s narrative.

Going back to his presser in August 2006,

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/08/20060821.html

where he made the statement that Iraq didnt “order” 9/11 and the whole thing was contorted and blown out of proportion, he has ceded to the media’s interpretation of events.

you are right about the yellow cake thing. And he also allowed his administration to get buried with the katrina propaganda. he has also brought some on himself, most notably the Miers nomination.

and then there was the complete fiasco of the 9/11 Commission. it certainly wasnt his fault, the Rs in general allowed that proceeding to become a distortion and a circus, but it happened under his watch and concerned what had occurred under his watch.

I posted something a couple of weeks ago that some people here verily agreed with: I think he lost a great deal of momentum and guidance when Karen Hughes resigned from his administration.


99 posted on 12/01/2008 7:47:52 PM PST by Canedawg (The media is a ass, a idiot.," said Mr. Bumble.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Why leave the GOP breathing and with a pulse, when you can have it euthanized by a sitting GOP president.

If Bush didn’t push the GOP off a cliff before the election, he is doing a great job after the election.


100 posted on 12/01/2008 7:57:06 PM PST by o2bfree
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