Sunday, September 14, 2003

Keep listening to Newtie, George-- and ask him for money while you're at it

Republicans Worry About Bush Poll Numbers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With President Bush's poll numbers dropping, many of his fellow Republicans are uneasy about the state of the U.S. economy, rising budget deficits, and the U.S. military operation in Iraq.

Some believe his job approval rating, which slid to 52 percent in a recent CNN/USA Today poll, the lowest since before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is only a temporary setback and will rebound if the economy continues to recover and Iraq stabilizes.

"I think he's long a way from being in any kind of serious trouble," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a prominent Republican voice.

Yeah, Newtie, and you thought you were going to be the dominate force in politics for years to come.

…The White House position on Iraq is that it is now the central front in the war on terrorism -- a change in rationale from when the war was about weapons of mass destruction. Bush is emphasizing that it is better to fight the militants over there rather than in the United States.

That’s the great thing about this policy. We get each potential terrorist to sign a contract promising that if they attack us in Iraq, they are forever banned from attacking us here in the USA.

Some Republicans are concerned Bush seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time raising money for his 2004 re-election campaign race, lowering his profile from commander in chief to solicitor in chief and leaving him more open to Democratic assault.

Bush has been to 20 fund-raising events in 12 states and Washington since mid-June and has raised more than $60 million, on his way to a goal of $170 million for a Republican primary campaign for which he has no challengers.

"He is spending too much time raising money. The goal is unbelievably high," said one prominent Republican. Others are starting to complain about the multiple phone calls they are getting seeking contributions.

Glad to see the Fundraiser-in-Chief has his priorities right.

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