Tuesday, May 23, 2006
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.