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Polls Show Growing Support for Bush (Oklahoman Editorial with Anti/Daschle/Kerry comments)
The Oklahoman ^ | 19 March 2003 | The Oklahoman Editorial

Posted on 03/19/2003 9:07:47 AM PST by PhiKapMom

Polls Show Growing Support for Bush
2003-03-19

THE Bush administration couldn't rally United Nations Security Council support for military action to disarm Saddam Hussein. But it achieved something that probably is more important on the eve of war: solid backing from the American people.

Polls taken after President Bush's speech Monday night show 65 to 71 percent of Americans support going to war against Saddam's regime, even without the U.N.'s blessing.

Surveys taken by the Washington Post/ABC News, MSNBC and the Wall Street Journal reflect growing support for Bush in excess of the usual patriotic bump a president gets before the outbreak of hostilities.

For example, the Post/ABC News poll showed 71 percent support a war with Iraq, compared to 59 percent two weeks ago. Nearly 66 percent said they approve of the way Bush is handling the confrontation with Iraq, compared to 55 percent a week ago.

The surge in support is coming mostly from Democrats who've come over to the president's position. The Post/ABC News poll found 60 percent of Democrats now agree with Bush, compared to 40 percent in early March. A majority of women (66 percent) also think Bush is doing the right thing.

What seems clear is despite missteps -- Bush's diplomatic team lacks the deft touch displayed by the first President Bush in organizing the 1991 war coalition -- the American public believes this president is right to threaten Saddam with imminent war.

Bush deserves credit for identifying the war's mission and the stakes for America. Americans believe he gave the U.N. a proper chance to disarm Iraq peacefully but now is justified in jettisoning ineffective diplomatic processes to get the job done.

The poll results should give pause to Bush's political opponents, including Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota and 2004 presidential hopeful John Kerry, D- Mass. Both reacted to Bush's speech with strong criticism of the administration's U.N. efforts.

Daschle, who voted last fall for a congressional resolution ultimately authorizing war against Iraq, said Bush's diplomatic efforts have "failed so miserably." Daschle said it's bad to "give up one life because this president couldn't create the kind of diplomatic effort that is so critical for this country." Kerry, who also voted for the war resolution, said Bush has "clumsily and arrogantly squandered the post-9/11 support of the entire civilized world."

Of course, both have partisan political reasons to blame Bush instead of France or Saddam for the U.N.'s failure to reach consensus. Neither gains much credibility on the issue by merely contending more or better diplomacy should've been exercised.

France's recent announcement that it would veto any Security Council resolution holding Iraq accountable suggests diplomacy ultimately was doomed to failure.

Those who oppose war should now make a decision to support not only U.S. troops, but also their commander in chief. There will be opportunity for constructive criticism of the war's management, if there is war. But partisanship isn't needed or constructive and will only aid Saddam. Daschle's comments may not give comfort to Iraq, said House Speaker Dennis Hastert, "but they come mighty close."

If for no other reason than smart politics, Daschle, Kerry and others would be wise to moderate their comments -- since polling clearly shows that right now they're speaking for only 30 to 35 percent of Americans.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; US: Massachusetts; US: Oklahoma; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: 30; daschle; kerry; pollsoniraq
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To: OldFriend
Will any claim him?
51 posted on 03/19/2003 12:42:07 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (chIRAQ & sadDAM are bedfellows & clinton is a raping traitor!)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
The america haters love the guy!
52 posted on 03/19/2003 12:44:29 PM PST by OldFriend
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To: PhiKapMom
Good one:

If for no other reason than smart politics, Daschle, Kerry and others would be wise to moderate their comments -- since polling clearly shows that right now they're speaking for only 30 to 35 percent of Americans.

53 posted on 03/19/2003 12:45:20 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: PhiKapMom
He is the ultimate homunculus.
54 posted on 03/19/2003 12:55:18 PM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
NEVER FORGET

Comrade HO CHI MINH =

Comrade HILLARY =

Comrade HILLARY's Mouthpiece =


.."DASCHLE is now the FRANCE of the U.S. Senate".. says DICK MORRIS on the FoX News Channel

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/news/868352/posts

NEVER FORGET
55 posted on 03/19/2003 12:58:18 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: wideawake; Dolphy; Henchman; BOBTHENAILER; Dick Bachert; OldFriend; Marysecretary; ...

To sew up the Dumbocrat nutcase vote, Kerry will soon announce
he has found his long-lost twin brother. They were separated at birth.

56 posted on 03/19/2003 1:05:13 PM PST by Liz
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To: PhiKapMom
NEVER FORGET

.."President BUSH has squandered away all his support since Sept. 11th with his arrogant war against Iraq"..

...Senator JOHN KERRY from the Well of the U.S. Senate - March 18, 2003.


Comrade HO CHI MINH =

Comrade HILLARY =

Comrade HILLARY Mouthpiece =

JOHN KERRY is the GERMANY of the U.S. Senate,

still.




See:

'Freeper Alert: Sen. KERRY / Communist Vietnamese Killing Off Christians in Central Highlands'

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/news/675016/posts

NEVER FORGET
57 posted on 03/19/2003 1:08:58 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; Marysecretary; Bigg Red
Hello to you all. Amen.
58 posted on 03/19/2003 1:10:27 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Thanks for posting that!
59 posted on 03/19/2003 1:14:14 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: PhiKapMom; Freedom'sWorthIt; amom
NEVER FORGET

Comrade HO CHI MINH =

Comrade HILLARY =

Comrade HILLARY's Mouthpiece =

DASCHLE quietly appoints in Time of War...


.."IS it SAFE?" = HILLARY on Armed Serivices Committee..

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=629

NEVER FORGET
60 posted on 03/19/2003 1:15:46 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
"Kerry thinks the french, germans, russians and chinese are CIVILIZED??????? He really does. I saw a speech of his a few months back and he practically drooled over the "SOPHISTICATION" of the Europeans."

Puh-leeeze! This from a man whose fortune stems from the most exotic and sophisticated of all condiments -- ketchup.
61 posted on 03/19/2003 1:46:54 PM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: MayflowerMadam
Ketchupboy, the sophisticate. BWAAHAHA
62 posted on 03/19/2003 1:54:21 PM PST by BOBTHENAILER (Just like Black September. One by one, we're gonna get 'em.)
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To: MayflowerMadam
Puh-leeeze! This from a man whose fortune stems from the most exotic and sophisticated of all condiments -- ketchup.

Well, you've got to give him credit.

John Fitzgerald Kerry-Heinz threw someone else's medals over the White House wall in protest and pronounced them his very own.

Was that sophisticated, or was that sophisticated? Or was it merely duplicitous?

He's becoming a joke - Lurch Fitzgerald Kerry-Heinz in the flesh!

63 posted on 03/19/2003 5:13:52 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: PhiKapMom
I guess that means that Clinton failed miserably on his Iraqui decision too, since he wasn't able to get ANY resolutions passed and went and bombed all on his own.
64 posted on 03/19/2003 6:15:41 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999
That's a very good point! Clinton did fail! LOL!!!
65 posted on 03/19/2003 6:21:39 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: PhiKapMom
Those who oppose war should now make a decision to support not only U.S. troops, but also their commander in chief. There will be opportunity for constructive criticism of the war's management, if there is war. But partisanship isn't needed or constructive and will only aid Saddam.

Worth repeating.

66 posted on 03/19/2003 6:24:54 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: wideawake
bump
67 posted on 03/19/2003 7:40:41 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: E.G.C.
bump
68 posted on 03/20/2003 9:25:52 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: Liz
Somehow I can't relate to a president who looks like Lurch. May it never be.
69 posted on 03/22/2003 3:13:02 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD is still in control!)
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To: Marysecretary
Me too. Hillary is odd-looking......LOL.
70 posted on 03/23/2003 4:19:32 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
You're just being kind! (Smile)
71 posted on 03/24/2003 7:07:43 AM PST by Marysecretary (GOD is still in control!)
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To: Marysecretary
I can't kelp it, Mary. Being kind is second nature to me.(/sarcasm off).
72 posted on 03/24/2003 7:35:19 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
I know, me too (smile).
73 posted on 03/24/2003 8:09:44 AM PST by Marysecretary (GOD is still in control!)
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