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ZOT! Can there be a serious challenge to Bush in the GOP primaries?
John Buchanan is a journalist and magazine writer based in Miami Beach ^ | november 29, 2003 | john buchanan

Posted on 11/29/2003 6:16:23 PM PST by Republican Challenger

I am a nationally published journalist who has been drafted to challenge George W. Bush in the Republican Presidential primaries, beginning in New Hampshire on January 27. My aim is to prompt legitimate debate and genuine new ideas, but I start with a question:

HAS GEORGE W. BUSH BETRAYED TRADITIONAL GOP VALUES?

He has failed in his promise to control spending. Nondefense spending has skyrocketed under Bush. The Congressional Budget Office reported that for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2003, nondefense spending rose 7% – nearly double the 4% discretionary spending caps Bush promised to enforce (Source: Washington Times). Since Bush took office, nondefense spending has leapt 13% -- 21% if spending on the war on terrorism is included. “My impression of Bush,” says Chris Edwards, director of fiscal policy at the libertarian Cato Institute, “is that I’ve never seen him give a speech in which he says government is too big and we need to cut costs.”

He has failed in his promise to keep America strong. Under Bush, U.S. foreign policy and international esteem have reached historic lows. After spending hundreds of billions of dollars since 9/11, the Bush administration has failed to catch Osama bin Laden, failed to find Saddam Hussein, failed to defeat Al Qaeda, and failed to stabilize Iraq after an invasion that his own Pentagon policy adviser, Richard Perle, now admits was “illegal.” As a result, the geopolitical balance of power has been jolted, traditional allies have been severely alienated, and as a result, the European Union – led by Great Britain – is now conducting secret talks about the formation of an EU military force outside NATO.

He has failed in his promise to be a “compassionate conservative.” Perhaps never before has a U.S. President so divided the country, according to a recent Time cover story. Despite Bush’s promise to be “a uniter, not a divider,” he has turned Republican against Democrat, rich against poor, Christian against Muslim. He has eroded our civil liberties and Constitutional rights in the name of “national security” and aided and abetted a corporate elite class in the theft of the Republican Party and the two-century-old values that made it the Party of Lincoln. “Corporations have been enthroned,” Lincoln said presciently before he died. “…An era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people…until wealth is aggregated in a few hands…and the Republic is destroyed.” Under Bush, Lincoln’s ominous – and accurate – prediction might find its final manifestation unless he and the “neo-con” corporate juggernaut are stopped.

DO YOU AGREE? Please let me know your thoughts. There will be more to come from me, including a detailed platform and agenda for ending the corporate reign in this country, shrinking the federal bureaucracy, and restoring Constitutional freedoms to pre-9/11 levels. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your comments and questions.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 11/29/2003 6:16:24 PM PST by Republican Challenger
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To: Republican Challenger
Oh, please. Total waste of time. Other than a few, this president has the full support of his party. Don't waste your time.
2 posted on 11/29/2003 6:19:00 PM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: Republican Challenger
Is this a crank call?
3 posted on 11/29/2003 6:19:35 PM PST by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: Republican Challenger
"...Can there be a serious challenge to Bush in the GOP primaries..."
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Welcome to Free Republic.
The answer to your question is:

NO
4 posted on 11/29/2003 6:19:45 PM PST by DefCon
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To: Republican Challenger
Please let me know your thoughts.

You REALLY wouldn't want that.

5 posted on 11/29/2003 6:19:58 PM PST by dighton
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To: Admin Moderator
Cleanup in Aisle 1 please
6 posted on 11/29/2003 6:20:55 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Republican Challenger
Republican Challenger

Since Nov 30, 2003
Signed on tomorrow, will be gone today.

7 posted on 11/29/2003 6:21:06 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Republican Challenger
"...journalist who has been drafted to challenge George W. Bush ..."
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Who drafted you?
8 posted on 11/29/2003 6:21:38 PM PST by DefCon
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To: Republican Challenger
Bush has the backing of a great majority of Republicans, more than 80%. A primary challenge is dead in the water.
9 posted on 11/29/2003 6:21:39 PM PST by stands2reason ("Don't funk with my funk."--Bootsy Collins)
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To: Republican Challenger
Who are you, seriously?
10 posted on 11/29/2003 6:22:34 PM PST by stands2reason ("Don't funk with my funk."--Bootsy Collins)
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To: Republican Challenger
You would have better luck beating the 9 clowns running for the Dimowit nomination.
11 posted on 11/29/2003 6:23:22 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Republican Challenger
"...never before has a U.S. President so divided the country, according to a recent Time cover story..."
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Sorry, I wouldn't know because I didn't see the story,
I don't read socialist propoganda.
12 posted on 11/29/2003 6:23:34 PM PST by DefCon
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To: Republican Challenger
Gee you have a few good points there... NOT
13 posted on 11/29/2003 6:23:55 PM PST by alameda
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To: DefCon

14 posted on 11/29/2003 6:24:11 PM PST by stands2reason ("Don't funk with my funk."--Bootsy Collins)
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To: Republican Challenger
I'm voting for Arnold!
15 posted on 11/29/2003 6:24:15 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Xmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: stands2reason
It's those damn Pomeranians again !
16 posted on 11/29/2003 6:25:10 PM PST by DefCon
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To: DefCon; Republican Challenger
Who drafted you?

5 bucks on Charlie Rangel!

17 posted on 11/29/2003 6:25:30 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Colgate Raiders Football -- 12-0 and headed to the playoffs)
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To: stands2reason
Buchanan is a conspiracy theory journalist:

http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=39&contentid=997

18 posted on 11/29/2003 6:25:50 PM PST by So Cal Rocket
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To: Republican Challenger
You have GOT to be kidding!
20 posted on 11/29/2003 6:25:56 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: Republican Challenger
"Perhaps never before has a U.S. President so divided the country, according to a recent Time cover story."

This sentence says it all right here You're blaming Bush for dividing the country after all of his attempts to reach out to the democratic party and all of the democrats' constant attacks on him? You're buying into leftist rhetoric just a tad too easily.
21 posted on 11/29/2003 6:27:17 PM PST by Sofa King (-I am Sofa King- tired of liberal BS! http://www.angelfire.com/art2/sofaking/index.html)
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To: Republican Challenger
As a result, the geopolitical balance of power has been jolted, traditional allies have been severely alienated, and as a result, the European Union – led by Great Britain – is now conducting secret talks about the formation of an EU military force outside NATO.

The EU' led by GB....Great Britian joined the EU? Really? See what happens when I not paying attention?

22 posted on 11/29/2003 6:27:30 PM PST by stands2reason ("Don't funk with my funk."--Bootsy Collins)
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To: Republican Challenger

Arnold: the Presidentator!

or would that be "the Presentator"?

24 posted on 11/29/2003 6:28:02 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Xmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: All
A sample of this "journalist's" work.
25 posted on 11/29/2003 6:28:30 PM PST by dighton
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To: Sofa King
never before has a U.S. President so divided the country

Clinton who?

26 posted on 11/29/2003 6:28:53 PM PST by stands2reason ("Don't funk with my funk."--Bootsy Collins)
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To: Republican Challenger
never before has a U.S. President so divided the country, according to a recent Time cover story.

oooh -- then it's gotta be true.
27 posted on 11/29/2003 6:29:04 PM PST by hemogoblin (The few, the proud, the 537.)
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To: shanscom
How about the Constitution as it existed before 1861:

1. The Federal budget will be limited to one million dollars.

2. The US Army will consist of fifty horsemen armed with pistols and carbines.

3. The Federal goverment will run the Post Office, but there will be no stamps with a face value of more than 10 cents.
30 posted on 11/29/2003 6:30:06 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: Republican Challenger
L O L
31 posted on 11/29/2003 6:30:08 PM PST by gdc61
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To: Republican Challenger
If you feel a draft, put on your best coat, because you are about to be out in the cold.

So9

32 posted on 11/29/2003 6:30:29 PM PST by Servant of the 9 (Do you know Terry McAuliffe?)
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To: Republican Challenger
As a polical candidate, Buchanan is too long in the teeth, a political hasbeen. Save your money for the dentist, John.
33 posted on 11/29/2003 6:31:00 PM PST by desertcry
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To: Republican Challenger

34 posted on 11/29/2003 6:31:13 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: Republican Challenger
I think TLBShow is looking for you over here.
35 posted on 11/29/2003 6:31:32 PM PST by Amelia ("We have met the enemy and he is us." -- Pogo)
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To: William Creel
2) Guarantee college level education.
3) Guarantee healthcare and medicine.
4) Guarantee a secure retirement.

< snicker> Why doesn't he just vote for Howie?

37 posted on 11/29/2003 6:31:54 PM PST by stands2reason ("Don't funk with my funk."--Bootsy Collins)
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To: dighton
L O L again!
38 posted on 11/29/2003 6:32:23 PM PST by gdc61
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To: Republican Challenger
Dr Phil!
39 posted on 11/29/2003 6:32:50 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Xmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: Republican Challenger
Judge Judy!
40 posted on 11/29/2003 6:33:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Xmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: Republican Challenger
Eddie Van Halen!
41 posted on 11/29/2003 6:34:03 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Xmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: Republican Challenger
Despite the naysayers, you have a LOT of truth in your article. I wish you God-speed as you run. Perhaps it's time for someone to point out that the emperor is, in fact, naked. (And, sad to say, "emperor" seems to be the right word, even though we elected him ONLY as President of these United States...)
43 posted on 11/29/2003 6:35:01 PM PST by dcwusmc ("The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for hims)
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To: shanscom
So to say that there are "secret talks" about an EU military force is BS. The talks have been very much out in the open, and it's likely that their "rapid-reaction force" will be more than subservient to NATO.

Ha! They'll be soundly thrashed by the Free Republic Rapid Reaction Force!

45 posted on 11/29/2003 6:36:07 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: shanscom
"I'll do you one better. Privatize it. The Postal Service is loaded with inefficiencies, and would work much better if we privatized it, at least partially."

Ever heard of UPS?
46 posted on 11/29/2003 6:36:30 PM PST by Sofa King (-I am Sofa King- tired of liberal BS! http://www.angelfire.com/art2/sofaking/index.html)
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To: Republican Challenger
A hit and run post? If you won't hang around to answer the questions, why would anyone vote to have you run the country?
47 posted on 11/29/2003 6:36:55 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: Kaslin
You're THAT insecure about Dubya??? If so, I can understand why you're afraid of dissent. Too bad, so sad.
48 posted on 11/29/2003 6:37:04 PM PST by dcwusmc ("The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for hims)
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To: William Creel
1) Limit school testing.
2) Guarantee college level education.
3) Guarantee healthcare and medicine.
4) Guarantee a secure retirement.

And he is criticizing BUSH? W isn't as conservative as I like but this guy is a blooming DemocRAT!
49 posted on 11/29/2003 6:37:19 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (I shot an arrow in the air. / Where it falls I do not care. / I buy my arrows wholesale)
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To: Republican Challenger
Drafted by socialist George Soros?
50 posted on 11/29/2003 6:37:35 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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