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  • Maureen Dowd: Reigning Cats and Dogs

    01/17/2016 8:33:26 AM PST · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 16, 2016 | Maureen Dowd
    After running as a man last time around, Hillary Clinton is now running as a woman. Matthew Dowd, the former W. strategist who became an independent, says Hillary got it backward: She should have run as a woman in 2008, when she was beating back a feminized antiwar candidate. And she should have run as a man this time, when Americans feel beleaguered and scared and yearn for something "big and masculine and strong," as Dowd put it. Despite the deafening dearth of excitement among younger women, Hillary has cast herself as Groundbreaking Granny.
  • [September 6, 2015] Matthew Dowd: 'Donald Trump, as of Today, is the Republican Nominee for Presiden

    09/06/2015 10:20:11 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 62 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 6, 2015 | This Week with George Stephanopoulos
  • Bush Strategist Matthew Dowd & Katrina vanden Heuvel Agree: Ben Carson Should Run (vid)

    11/23/2014 12:49:38 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 59 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Real Clear Politics
    On Sunday's broadcast of ABC's This Week, there was a consensus moment between former President Bush's chief re-election strategist Matthew Dowd and Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher of the liberal magazine The Nation: Dr. Ben Carson should run for president.
  • Shriver had secret lover before Arnie’s affair was exposed (RINO Matt Dowd)

    09/02/2014 11:45:12 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 56 replies
    Page Six ^ | September 1, 2014 | Tara Palmeri
    Arnold Schwarzenegger may have shagged the maid — but wife Maria Shriver is no June Cleaver. The Kennedy heiress was sleeping with her husband’s lead campaign strategist well before Schwarzenegger’s old affair with their housekeeper came to light, campaign staffers and other sources told The Post.And after years of playing the betrayed wife, Shriver, 58, recently trotted out her longtime lover, Matthew Dowd, 53, as if he were a new fling, sources said.
  • Bill Kristol Slaps Down ABC’s Matthew Dowd: 2014 ‘Will Be A Referendum On ObamaCare’

    03/31/2014 6:39:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 30, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    ABC News Political Analyst and former Bush/Cheney advisor Matthew Dowd attempted to downplay the impact ObamaCare will have in the 2013-midterm elections. Appearing on This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos on March 30, Dowd asserted, “2014 is going to be about the direction of the country, the economy, and how people feel in their lives. It's not going to be about ObamaCare.” Despite the bizarre prediction from the ABC analyst, conservative editor of "The Weekly Standard" Bill Kristol slapped down Dowd’s ridiculous claim and shot back that “I’m happy to have a referendum on ObamaCare… and will be good for Republicans.” See video below.]
  • Matthew Dowd Rejects Obamacare as Reason for Jolly Election Victory

    03/16/2014 6:31:22 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 16, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    "It is becoming clear to me -- not that it needs to be any more clear -- that the Republican establishment does not want to run against Obamacare." And as if to prove that Rush is right, Republican consultant Matthew Dowd on This Week With George Stephanopoulos rejected Obamacare as the reason for the victory of David Jolly over Alex Sink in last week's special congressional election in Florida. On Friday, Rush Limbaugh spoke extensively on his broadcast about how establishment Republicans want to downplay Obamacare as an issue in both the recent election as well in the congressional elections...
  • Fmr Bush Chief Strategist Compares Conservatives to the Flinstones, Sarah Palin to the Kardashians

    03/17/2013 6:35:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 17, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    Matthew Dowd, former chief strategist for the 2004 George W. Bush campaign, apparently doesn’t have much of a soft spot for CPAC or for Sarah Palin. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Dowd likened CPAC to no less than two prehistoric children’s cartoons, and not so subtly compared former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to Kim Kardashian. National Review captured the one-minute statement from Dowd: “Matt, you’re just shaking your head. The whole thing, it makes you nervous, what do you say?” ABC host Martha Raddatz asked. “To me, imagery and who’s there [at CPAC] and what you say is...
  • George Will, Matthew Dowd Blast Mitt Romney For Not Releasing Prior Tax Returns

    07/15/2012 9:37:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/15/12 | George Stephanopoulos - abc
    ABC News' George Will slammed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for failing to fully release information on his tax returns and offshore accounts, saying Romney "must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them." "If something's going to come out, get it out in a hurry," Will said this morning on the "This Week" roundtable. "I do not know why, given that Mitt Romney knew the day that [John] McCain lost in 2008 that he was going to run for president again that he didn't get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore...
  • Matthew Dowd: Christians Should 'Turn The Other Cheek' And Not Use Guns To Defend Themselves

    03/25/2012 4:46:34 PM PDT · by careyb · 58 replies · 2+ views
    The Hope For America ^ | 3/25/12 | Matthew Dowd
    Video here. Appearing on This Week With Christanne Amanpour George Stephanopoulos, noted theologian Matthew Dowd decried the "irony" that certain legislators and governors who "push for" gun rights also "push for" prayer in school. It actually gets better. Thus spake Dowd: "We wanna be a Christian nation and we wanna act in a Christian manner but, oh by the way, we don't believe in the 'Turn your other cheek' and we don't believe in 'Love your enemy', we believe in loading citizens and basically giving them an opportunity to shoot people." Apologies for his tortured use of the English language...
  • George Will on GOP Officeholders and DADT – “They’re not being very intelligent”

    06/07/2010 6:08:16 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 24 replies · 60+ views ^ | June 1, 2010 |
    Republican pundit George Will & George W. Bush’s adviser Matthew Dowd both call-out Republican officeholders for being out of touch & out of step on the repeal of DADT. I often don’t agree with George Will, but this time, I applaud his viewpoints. He had this to say in a recent television interview: “The Supreme Court has a famous phrase they used in some opinion ‘the evolving standards of decency that mark a maturing society”. Clearly these are evolving. The case is over.” When asked what was going on with the Republicans in Congress, George Will had this to say:...
  • Ex-Aides Say Bush Never Recovered from Katrina

    12/29/2008 8:54:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 101 replies · 2,972+ views
    WASHINGTON – Hurricane Katrina not only pulverized the Gulf Coast in 2005, it knocked the bully pulpit out from under President George W. Bush, according to two former advisers who spoke candidly about the political impact of the government's poor handling of the natural disaster. "Katrina to me was the tipping point," said Matthew Dowd, Bush's pollster and chief strategist for the 2004 presidential campaign. "The president broke his bond with the public. Once that bond was broken, he no longer had the capacity to talk to the American public. State of the Union addresses? It didn't matter. Legislative initiatives?...
  • Mehlman, Rove boost McCain campaign

    03/08/2008 6:55:07 AM PST · by OnRiver · 187 replies · 2,361+ views
    Capitol News Company ^ | 03/07/2008 | David Paul Kuhn
    Rove explained that he and McCain “got to know each other during the 2004 campaign.” In a separate interview, Mehlman noted that “McCain was completely loyal to the president in 2004 and worked incredibly hard to help him get elected.” According to Taylor, “The Bush Republicans here in town are excited for John McCain.”
  • CA: Term limits signatures submitted

    07/23/2007 3:05:40 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 21 replies · 468+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 23, 2007 | Jim Sanders
    Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to alter California's legislative term limits announced Monday that they are submitting about 1.1 million voter signatures - 400,000 more than necessary - to qualify for the Feb. 5 ballot. Launched by Gale Kaufman and Matthew Dowd, political strategists for Assembly Speaker Fabian Núńez and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, respectively, the initiative campaign needs 694,354 valid voter signatures. Kaufman announced Monday that the initiative petitions are being submitted to elections officials for certification. "Representing the people of California is honorable work," Núńez said in a written statement. "This initiative with its bipartisan coalition of supporters...
  • Sid Vicious on Matt Dowd (The Libs don't trust him either)

    04/05/2007 2:46:45 AM PDT · by ktvaughn · 1 replies · 501+ views ^ | 4/5/2007 | Sidney Blumenthal
    April 5, 2007 | As he tells it, Matthew Dowd's conversion from true believer in George W. Bush to disenchanted critic is a chapter in a "Pilgrim's Progress" through the wilderness of this world. His long quest for agape, as related to a New York Times reporter, begins about a decade ago with Dowd in the Slough of Despond, "frustrated about Washington, the inability for people to get stuff done and bridge divides," when suddenly a great-hearted figure appears who lights a candle in the darkness. "It's almost like you fall in love," Dowd professed. But his dream turns to...
  • Ex-Aide’s Loss of Faith in Bush Linked to Rove Rift

    04/01/2007 11:34:43 AM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 16 replies · 502+ views
    Making a Palm Sunday splash on the front page of the New York Times, Matthew Dowd, ex-aid to President Bush, says that because he has lost faith in Bush he must “speak out now.” Dowd, a former Democrat turned Republican turned Democrat, says that Bush’s my-way-or-the-highway style of leadership has failed “not only the American people, but the Iraqi people and the diverse peoples of the world.” Dowd, a self-described member of Bush’s inner circle, dismisses the suggestion that he has turned on the President because Karl Rove, and not Dowd, remains the president’s most trusted advisor. Rumors have circulated...
  • Bush poll strategist now backs Kerry

    04/01/2007 5:18:54 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 48 replies · 1,401+ views ^ | 1 April 2007
    A MAN who played a key role in securing US President George W. Bush's re-election has become the first member of the president's inner circle to publicly break with the adminstration's policies. Matthew Dowd, who was the president's chief campaign strategist in 2004, is insisting that Bush's 2004 rival, Democratic Senator John Kerry, was right on Iraq, The New York Times reported on its website. The newspaper said Mr Dowd now says his faith in Mr Bush was misplaced and that Mr Kerry was correct in calling for a withdrawal from Iraq. In a wide-ranging interview in Austin, Texas, Mr...
  • Matt Dowd and the De-Propagandizing of the War?

    04/01/2007 6:23:08 AM PDT · by LS · 28 replies · 1,180+ views
    self | 4/1/07 | LS
    It's April Fool's Day, but this ain't funny. The New York Times is all a-twitter about President Bush's former pollster coming out against the Iraq war and saying John Kerry was right. To the drive-by media, this is just one more way to gig Bush. And, of course, unable (for many years now) to conduct serious political analysis, they miss the whole point, which is: how long did Dowd oppose the war and did that opposition shape the "analysis" and polling information he gave the President? Since 2002, at least, many of us here have been arguing that the War...
  • Ex-Aide Details a Loss of Faith in the President

    03/31/2007 4:54:41 PM PDT · by NRPM · 95 replies · 2,728+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 1, 2007 | JIM RUTENBERG
    AUSTIN, Tex., March 29 — In 1999, Matthew Dowd became a symbol of George W. Bush’s early success at positioning himself as a Republican with Democratic appeal. A top strategist for the Texas Democrats who was disappointed by the Bill Clinton years, Mr. Dowd was impressed by the pledge of Mr. Bush, then governor of Texas, to bring a spirit of cooperation to Washington. He switched parties, joined Mr. Bush’s political brain trust and dedicated the next six years to getting him to the Oval Office and keeping him there. In 2004, he was appointed the president’s chief campaign strategist....
  • Schwarzenegger camp mines consumer data to target supporters

    10/25/2006 5:43:11 PM PDT · by confrico · 2 replies · 261+ views
    AP ^ | Oct. 25, 2006
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gin or vodka? Ford or BMW? Perrier or Fiji water? Does the car you buy or what's in your fridge say anything about how you'll vote? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign thinks so. Employing technology honed in President Bush's 2004 victory, the Republican governor's re-election team has created a massive computer storehouse of data on personal buying habits and voter records to scout up likely supporters. Campaign officials say the operation, run in cooperation with the state Republican Party, is the largest of its kind in any state, at any time. Some strategists believe the consumer information...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 3 September 2006

    09/03/2006 5:01:28 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 865 replies · 16,734+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 3 September 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, September 3rd, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and his Democratic challenger, state treasurer Robert Casey. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., and his primary challenger, Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey; actress and animal rights activist Bo Derek. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Rep. Christopher Shays,...
  • Schwarzenegger adviser's role with AT&T raises questions - Matthew Dowd

    07/18/2006 9:37:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 276+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/18/06 | Marc Lifsher
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top campaign adviser is being paid to provide marketing strategy to AT&T at a time when the governor's office is involved in negotiations on legislation potentially worth billions of dollars to the telecommunications giant. Political consultant Matthew Dowd's involvement with the governor and AT&T at the same time presents, at minimum, the appearance of a conflict of interest, government watchdogs warned. Dowd and his consulting firm are currently assisting San Antonio-based AT&T with the rollout of its U-verse service in Texas. The product is designed to compete with cable TV by sending TV programming and a bundle...
  • CA: Governor tries to regain trust of key voting bloc Hispanics

    07/15/2006 12:35:03 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 7 replies · 407+ views
    Press-Enterprise ^ | July 15, 2006 | LAURA KURTZMAN
    Mention Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in this heavily Hispanic section of Los Angeles County and the response is almost invariably negative. "I still think he's an actor, and not a good one at that," said Flora Lopez, 56, a supervision aide at a local school. "To me, Arnold hasn't done anything," said America Aguilar, 26, a student at California State University, Fullerton. "He cut the budget for the schools," said Arely Gonzales, a 27-year-old nurse, who pronounced the governor, "Awful." Their harsh views illustrate how far Schwarzenegger's star has fallen among Hispanics since the heady days of the 2003 recall election,...
  • Online Venture Seeks To Elevate the Debate (Web Site Begun by Democratic & GOP Strategists)

    07/11/2006 11:00:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies · 905+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2006 | Howard Kurtz
    Civility Is In, Rancor Out on Web Site Begun by Democratic, GOP Strategists A group of political strategists who have spent years firing heavy artillery at each other came together at the Hay-Adams Hotel yesterday, put aside their weapons, decried the polarized state of debate in America and vowed a new approach to peaceful coexistence. Toward that end, they are launching a Web site that they hope will eventually reach 30 million opinion leaders, elevate public discussion on matters from politics to sports to culture and, in the process, make them some money. Mark McKinnon and Matthew Dowd, who were...
  • Schwarzenegger blasts House Republicans on immigration stance

    06/21/2006 6:02:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 1,119+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/21/06 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sharply criticized House Republican leaders Wednesday for calling summer hearings on a proposed immigration overhaul before trying to compromise with the Senate. The Republican governor said public forums across the country were unnecessary because "we know what the facts are." "It would be inexcusable, it would be ludicrous for them to say, 'Well, we can't work it out,'" Schwarzenegger said after a helicopter ride along the Mexican border to see where National Guard troops will soon be deployed. "That's their job - to work it out." His remarks highlighted divisions among Republicans on how to tackle the...
  • Schwarzenegger bucks congressional GOP on immigration

    05/25/2006 4:55:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 355+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/25/06 | Scott Lindlaw - ap
    As congressional Republicans wrangled over deportations, detentions and other get-tough measures on illegal immigration, another Republican spent this week hugging newly naturalized immigrants and enthusiastically hosting Mexican President Vicente Fox. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is charting a different political course from conservatives in Washington this election year, emphasizing tolerance and pragmatism over a hard-line border lockdown. "He is trying to deal with immigration not just from the loud voices on the left and the loud voices on the right, but to find a place where you can deal with the whole breadth of the issue," said Matthew Dowd, Schwarzenegger's chief campaign...
  • Matthew Dowd Pens First Strategy Memo For Team Arnold

    03/04/2006 2:01:52 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 85 replies · 760+ views
    HotlineBlog ^ | March 2, 2006 | Matthew Dowd
    For those who miss the prose of Matthew Dowd, here's his first memo to Team Arnold, for Team Arnold. His line: "...this race is not, as the Democratic operatives and many pundits say, a referendum on Governor Schwarzenegger. Races for governor, especially the governor of the largest State in the Union, are about a choice. This campaign will be a choice between Arnold and the Democratic nominee, a choice between what Arnold has done in office and what the Democratic nominee has done in his career, and most important, a choice between the vision Arnold has for California in the...
  • Team Schwarzenegger gets overhaul with a White House feel

    02/23/2006 10:01:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 369+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 2/23/06 | Anthony York
    Last spring, after the governor all but declared war on union leaders and other Democratic interests, Republicans sat and watched as the unions led an offensive that helped drag down the governor's poll ratings, and doom his special election agenda. Under the watch of new campaign manager Steve Schmidt and communications director Katie Levinson, both fresh off the plane from the Bush White House, Team Schwarzenegger is determined not to make the same mistake again. "For California Republicans who were frustrated last year by the lack of an aggressive response out of the governor's operation, they'll be very pleasantly surprised...
  • The new, new Arnold

    02/05/2006 9:20:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 297+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/5/06 | Tony Quinn
    Every new year seems to bring on a new Arnold Schwarzenegger. In his first State of the State address in January 2004, he was the Arnold who would “blow up the boxes” and remake state government. That idea fizzled, and in 2005 he proclaimed the “year of reform.” This notion became the four ballot measures stomped on by the voters in the November special election. So in 2006 Schwarzenegger is back with another “New Arnold,” this time as the great empire builder. JIM WILSON / The New York Times Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, shares a laugh with Senate President Pro...
  • Schwarzenegger hires Bush campaign strategist, sources say

    01/18/2006 8:34:29 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 53 replies · 668+ views
    Macon ^ | Jan. 18, 2005 | LAURA KURTZMAN
    Matthew Dowd, the chief strategist for President Bush's re-election campaign, has been hired by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to sources close to the administration. Dowd has been participating in strategy calls, as the governor begins to put together an election campaign, the sources said. The governor also recently hired Steve Schmidt, an adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, as his campaign manager. Schmidt is working on the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito and will join Schwarzenegger's campaign when they conclude.
  • The Mexican Evolution

    08/01/2005 6:00:16 AM PDT · by Irontank · 20 replies · 800+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2005 | Matthew Dowd
    WITH nearly six million Mexicans living illegally in the United States, some Americans, particularly those in border states, are greatly worried about the costs of illegal immigration and have demanded that more be done to stem it. Modern-day "minutemen" patrol the border. Voters pass measures limiting the rights of illegal immigrants, and senators debate legislation to establish guest-worker programs. .... But chances are that there will be a substantial decrease in illegal immigration from Mexico in the next 20 years, and it won't be because of civilian border patrols, laws being passed, pronouncements by politicians, or as some would like,...
  • The Mexican Evolution

    08/01/2005 6:33:44 AM PDT · by ShuShu · 34 replies · 835+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 1, 2005 | MATTHEW DOWD
    WITH nearly six million Mexicans living illegally in the United States, some Americans, particularly those in border states, are greatly worried about the costs of illegal immigration and have demanded that more be done to stem it Snip^ But legislators and government agencies should spend more time and resources addressing the problems of immigrants already here and our direct security needs, and much less time on prescriptive laws aimed at stemming illegal immigration from Mexico. We should be aware of the historic transformations occurring in Mexican society so that we aren't fighting a war that is already ending.
  • Final Just the Facts: Memo from Matthew Dowd

    11/04/2004 1:20:56 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 42 replies · 2,526+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | November 4, 2004
    TO: INTERESTED PARTIESFR: MATTHEW DOWDCHIEF STRATEGISTRE: INITIAL STRATEGIC ANALYSISPresident Bush won a historic victory yesterday by defeating John Kerry by more than 3.5 million votes,58.6 million to 55.1 million (51% to 48%) and winning the Electoral College 286 to 252. In doing so, President Bush:• Becomes the first presidential candidate to win more than 50% of the popular vote since 1988.• Received the most votes by any presidential candidate in history - over 58 million, even breaking President Reagan’s 1984 mark of 54.5 million votes.• Becomes the first President re-elected while gaining seats in the House and the Senate since 1936,...
  • Remarks by BC04 Campaign Mgr Ken Mehlman And Chief Strategist Matthew Dowd On Tomorrow's Debate

    10/07/2004 3:39:59 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 22 replies · 777+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | October 7, 2004
    Remarks by Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Manager Ken Mehlman And Chief Strategist Matthew Dowd in Conference Call Regarding Tomorrow's Debate(title edited for length) ARLINGTON, VA - Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Manager Ken Mehlman and Chief Strategist Matthew Dowd made the following remarks today in a Bush-Cheney '04 conference call regarding tomorrow's debate:Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Manager Ken Mehlman:"Tomorrow night's debate provides an important opportunity for Senator Kerry to answer a number of questions that have arisen in the course of these debates and in the course of this campaign by the American people about the issues that will be discussed on national security...
  • Strategy Memo: The Democratic Convention and Its Effect on the Presidential Race

    08/03/2004 10:37:50 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 24 replies · 1,251+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | August 3, 2004
    TO:  Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign LeadershipFM:  Matthew Dowd       Chief StrategistRE:  The Democratic convention and its       effect on the presidential race John Kerry becomes the first presidential candidate since 1972 to receive a negative bounce from his convention.  Kerry’s performance in Gallup's post-convention poll is even worse than George McGovern’s in 1972, making it the worst convention bounce in Gallup’s history of presidential campaign polling.  "An examination of Gallup polls in presidential elections since 1976 reveals that a challenger's vice presidential selection and nominating convention can have a dramatic (if often short-lived) effect on the head-to-head poll numbers.  In fact, historical analysis suggests John Kerry should...
  • Bush aide foresees early lead for Kerry -July's convention may push Demo to 55-40 edge, he says

    07/06/2004 8:16:24 AM PDT · by NYC Republican · 48 replies · 1,239+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 7/6/04 | Ken Herman
    Challenger John Kerry, who according to campaign sources is expected to announce his running mate this morning, will lead President Bush by 15 points when the Democratic convention wraps up at the end of July, according to a top Bush campaign adviser. Presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry reacts after a speech by his wife Monday at an Independence Day celebration in Fox Chapel, Penn. Gerald Herbert, Associated Press In a memo to campaign leadership Monday, Matthew Dowd, Bush's chief strategist, said Kerry is about to benefit from "the average challenger's bounce." "We should expect the race to swing wildly to...
  • Bush Strategist: Race will "swing wildly" in Kerry's favor within a month [15 pts lead]

    07/05/2004 2:02:13 PM PDT · by nwrep · 301 replies · 5,900+ views
    AP ^ | July 5, 2004 | LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer
    The Bush-Cheney campaign sought to lower expectations about the impact of Kerry's selection of a running mate and the effect on public polls. In an e-mail sent Monday, Matthew Dowd, Bush's chief strategist, predicted that the race will "swing wildly" in Kerry's favor within a month. Dowd's memo included a chart showing that the challenger typically has gained a 15-point bounce in polls when the running mate is announced and the spotlight of the convention shines on the nominee. These two developments "can have a dramatic (if often short-lived) effect on the head-to-head poll numbers," Dowd wrote. "In fact, historical...
  • Bush Aide Watches Polls and Public Perceptions

    06/12/2004 10:19:01 AM PDT · by demlosers · 10 replies · 134+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 12, 2004 | JIM RUTENBERG
    POLITICAL MEMO atthew Dowd, President Bush's chief campaign strategist, is not just the man who conducts the president's polling. He also works to control public perceptions about where the presidential race stands, perhaps more aggressively than many other campaign aides in his position. When Mr. Bush has risen sharply in the polls, Mr. Dowd has stepped in pre-emptively with memorandums widely sent to Republican officials, supporters and journalists to dampen expectations and warn that the country remained closely divided. "President Bush's approval numbers will again fall back to more realistic levels fairly quickly," he wrote in a publicly released memo...
  • Kerry leading Bush in new poll

    02/03/2004 9:05:19 AM PST · by The_Republican · 50 replies · 293+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | Feb 3rd, 2004 | Susan Page and Richard Benedetto
    Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry would defeat President Bush if the election were held today, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll that shows serious vulnerabilities for the president. The survey, taken Thursday through Sunday, reflects the battering Bush has received from the Democratic presidential contenders for months and the questions raised in the past week about the administration's rationale for going to war with Iraq. Even as a snapshot at a difficult moment, the poll shows perils for Bush early in the election year: • Kerry defeated Bush 53% to 46%, a lead outside the poll's margin of error. North Carolina...
  • GOP memo predicts drop in Bush poll numbers

    04/27/2003 11:06:26 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 43 replies · 276+ views
    CNN ^ | Friday, April 25, 2003 | Sean Loughlin - CNN Washington Bureau
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A GOP memo distributed to Republicans across the country predicts that President Bush's high approval ratings will soon "drop to more realistic levels" and that some polls may show him behind Democratic rivals, but cautions that such a development should not be cause for alarm.</p>
  • Letter From Chairman Racicot And Attached Memo From Matthew Dowd on President Bush's Agenda

    04/25/2003 8:56:54 AM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 19 replies · 223+ views
    RNC Research, Republican National Committee ^ | 25 April 2003 | Chairman Racicot
    RNC RESEARCH Letter From Chairman Racicot And Attached Memo From Matthew Dowd on President Bush's Agenda Dear Friend,  President Bush continues to focus on his agenda of ensuring America's economic, national and homeland security. While the President remains focused on America's priorities, much will be written about his level of support among the American people. Today I received a memo that puts much of the political hyperbole surrounding that support into perspective, I thought it was important to share with you. President Bush has received unprecedented approval from the American people however, these ratings will settle over time. It is...