Investor’s Business Daily has a good oped out today about this year’s favorite political past-time; Bush-bashing. It’s definitely worth a read. Especially for McCain:
In the eyes of members of both parties, George W. Bush seems to be the cause of everything from the recent GOP special election losses to a flagging economy to today’s bad weather.
Barack Obama plans to reach the White House by claiming the presidency of Sen. John McCain would amount to a third Bush term. McCain, meanwhile, seems to think it a wise campaign strategy to highlight his differences with the president, such as outgreening the greens on global warming.
Rep. Tom Davis, former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, reflected the panic engulfing many Republicans in Congress last week when he called President Bush “absolutely radioactive” and warned, “They’ve got to get some separation from the president” if they want to win this November.
How about a dose of reality?
Please read on as IBD lists the accomplishments of the Bush administration.
I certainly hope Republicans don’t take the dishonorable and cowardly route, this election season. Bush doesn’t deserve it. He hasn’t been perfect, but he’s managed this country well through trying times, and I believe history will judge him more fairly than the current crop of Chicken Littles that populate Washington DC are.
When faced with the entire Washington establishment demanding an end to the war — including his own father’s secretary of state, James Baker — President Bush stuck to his guns, placed a new general in charge and employed a surge strategy that is now winning the war in Iraq in resounding fashion.
This is the supposed albatross Republicans are so intent on distancing themselves from and which Democrats believe to be the key to victory in November. The facts of the last seven years tell a different story.
If Republicans stick to conservative principles, they should do fine, without distancing themselves from Bush. This is a good start.
Geoff pointed me to a recent Rasmussen report that backs up the assertion I made, above:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 62% of voters would prefer fewer government services with lower taxes. Nearly a third (29%) disagrees and would rather have a bigger government with higher taxes. Ten percent (10%) are not sure.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters think American society is generally fair and decent. Twenty-seven percent (27%) think it is unfair and discriminatory. Those numbers have become slightly more positive over the past month.
Three quarters of voters (75%) think people who move to America from other countries should adopt the nation’s culture. Just 13% think they should maintain their home country’s culture (see video report).
Geoff says: “Let’s see…Lower taxes, smaller government, strong belief in America and American culture…If only there were a political party that had those values in its platform”.
Please get a clue, Republicans…and fast. The more you sound like Democrat lites, the more your base gets dispirited. And that can lead to disastrous results on election night.
This next poll is what happens when people are exposed to anti-war propaganda day in and day out courtesy of the MSM:
Forty-three percent (43%) of voters think the nation’s allies should do what the United States wants more often. Last month, 47% held that view. Twenty-eight percent (28%) think the U.S. should do what the allies want more often. A related survey found that most voters say bringing the troops home from Iraq should be a higher priority than winning the war.
The basic mission of the American media between now and November is to convince you, the voter, that Iraq’s still a hopeless mess.
That can be easily countered with the truth.