Wednesday, March 01, 2006

GOP Worried About Bush's Poll Numbers

I love this article from the Washington Post detailing GOP "unease" over the preznit's falling poll numbers and the increasing mistrust of even Republicans on how Bush is handling national security issues:

The signs of GOP discontent have been building in the past few months. Dissident Republicans in Congress forced Bush to sign a measure banning torture of detainees despite his initial veto threat, blocked renewal of the USA Patriot Act until their civil liberties concerns were addressed and pressured the White House into accepting legislation on its secret eavesdropping program. By the time the port deal came to light, the uprising was no longer limited to dissidents.


The breakdown of the Republican consensus on national security both reflects and exacerbates Bush's political weakness heading toward the midterm elections, according to party strategists. Even as Republicans abandoned him last year on domestic issues such as Social Security, Hurricane Katrina relief and Harriet Miers's Supreme Court nomination, they had largely stuck by him on terrorism and other security issues.

Karl Rove, the president's political guru and deputy chief of staff, has already signaled that he intends to use national security as the defining issue for the fall congressional campaigns, just as he did to great effect in 2002 and 2004. But with Bush's numbers still falling, the Republicans who will be on the ballot have decided to define the security issue in their own way rather than defer to the president's interpretation.

The release of a new CBS News poll showing Bush's approval rating dropping to 34 percent, a low for him in that survey, sent tremors through Republican circles in Washington. Scott Reed, who managed Robert J. Dole's presidential campaign in 1996, called the results "pretty shattering." Most distressing to GOP strategists was that Bush's support among Republicans fell from 83 percent to 72 percent.

"The repetition of the news coming out of Iraq is wearing folks down," Reed said. "It started with women and it's spreading. It's just bad news after bad news after bad news, without any light at the end of the tunnel."

Gee, reality seems to be intruding upon members of the Cult of Bush.

They're starting to realize just how bad things are as a direct result of this preznit's policies.

It's about time.

It seems that lying/misleading about the reasons for going to war in Iraq and then creating a full blown civil war in Iraq didn't bother the GOP.

It seems the Katrina mess, when the administration proved it couldn't handle a large scale disater without making matters worse, didn't bother the GOP.

It seems the fact that Bushie took a $ 178 billion dollar and turned it into a $354 billion dollar deficit didn't both the GOP (although a few fiscal conservatives did complain about all of the spending, though not the tax cuts.)

Harriet Miers did bother them, a lot, which is why they made Bushie do it all over again and give them "Strip Search Sammy" on the Court.

But still, the GOP didn't abandon their preznit.

But now that Bushie wants to allow a government-owned Dubia company to run U.S. ports, many GOPers are jumping from the Good Ship Bush by droves.

Well, better late than never, I guess.

Now let's see if it lasts.

Cuz' you know many members of the Cult of Bush just have such a hard time saying "goodbye" to Bushie for good.

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