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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bush is Kryptonite to Repuglican Incumbents


In his six years as president, he's led the country into a tragic war of choice; criminally misused intelligence; botched the Hurricane Katrina response; seen gas prices double; created a culture of corruption; and watched his approval rating sink into the 20's. Is it any wonder that Repuglicans seeking re-election this Fall are avoiding him like the Black Plague?

An extremely troubling scenario for the party is illustrated by a recent poll by the non-partisan Cook Political Report that found that among those most likely to vote in the November midterms, people favored the Democratic candidate for Congress over the Republican by 18 percentage points. This is a direct result of voter frustration and anger over the failed policies of the Busheviks and the Repuglican-controlled Congress. Recent polls show that almost 70% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, forcing many Repuglicans locked in close races to distance themselves from Bush and run on their own merits.

One case in point is Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon, who's running against Democrat Joe Sestak in the state's 7th Congressional District. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Weldon has chosen not to attend a fundraiser that Bush is hosting Wednesday for two other suburban incumbents, Mike Fitzpatrick and Jim Gerlach. Instead, Weldon's placing his fate in the hands of Arizona Sen. John McCain, who he's chosen instead to campaign and raise funds with.

The president, Weldon said, "is really doing poorly in our state. I've got to win this by myself." He added that, with Bush's poll numbers so low, "there's nothing the president can do to help me."

Weldon is not alone. Other Repug's in close battles, including Senators Rick Santorum (PA), Jim Talent (MO) and Mike DeWine (OH), have also kept Bush at arm's length and attempted to distance themselves from the failures of the administration. With the Iraq war spiraling out of control and gas prices expected to rise another 25 cents+ this Summer--two of the biggest issues on voters' minds today--we can expect to see more and more Repugs suddenly finding themselves "busy with other engagements" whenever the prez hits town.

7 Comments:

  • At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Cathy said…

    The real story is how those in "safe Repub seats" are doing?

    Is there any info on the these seats?

    Cathy
    From the once great State of Michigan (hous foreclosures are highest in the nation; unemployment over 7%)

     
  • At 11:04 AM, Blogger Mickey said…

    The so-called Democratic Party, hijacked by the rightwing Democratic Leadership Council (now, Clinton, Kerry, Biden, Obama, et al.) will do or say nothing against the current militarist, corporatist, imperialist regime because these "leaders" are in total agreement. As for taking down Bush's congress, it's time for the opposition to tar Republicans with the Bush brush. It is they who have aided and abetted this fascist regime. We should be shouting that from the rooftops. Bush was not alone in this.

     
  • At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Dan said…

    I think the Repiblican's are losing a lot of their more moderate base too. In the PA-7, where Sestak is running against Weldon, the Republicans have about a 2 to 1 advantage in registration.

    Nevertheless, it's looking like in '06 Democrats can pick up a congressional seat with Sestak, and some local stuff like a seat in the PA state house. The republican's weakness among their more moderate base has attracted some great local candidates like Sestak, and Bryan Lentz, a veteran of Bosnia and Iraq and former Philly DA, who is running for state legislature.

    It's great to see Bush dragging the Republicans down and helping Democrats on a local level.

     
  • At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What does this amount to anyway,When they got control of the elections.Either by hook or CROOK it makes not much matter

     
  • At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    MUST CLEAN BOTH HOUSES OF REPUBLICANS THEY ALONE PASSED EVERY THING BUSH ASKED.BY HOOK OR CROOK.NOW THEY WANT TO HIDE FROM THIER OWN RECORD.THROW THE WEASELS OUT,DON'T BELIEVE THE LIES, THEY CAST THE VOTES THAT BROKE THE U.S. GOVERMENT.WE MUST MAKE THEM PAY THIS ELECTION.

     
  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger Alamaine said…

    Kryptonite? The Repugnantcans as "Supermen"? This is kinda stretching the truth in their direction, no? Perhaps even to some of the colonic Demoncraps, one identical dot on top of the other.

    Perhaps the metaphor of an STD is more applicable, with no one wanting to get really close (even to the point of using a toilet) to anyone with some communicable disease, especially one that the will eventually restrict the ability of those concerned to create more and more of themselves in their own images.

     
  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    mickey, "Clinton, Kerry, Biden, Obama" right wing!!??!! You're joking, right?

     

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