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This one is circulating on the Internet: Donald Rumsfeld briefed the President this morning. He told Bush that three Brazilian soldiers were killed i...

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George Bush’s moral standards are as low as his poll ratings.  Witness his gay-baiting politics. Do I sound like a typical carping little liber...

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President Bush’s immigration speech showed just how far he has fallen. And it happened when – in my opinion – he actually is trying to do the right t...

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In 2000, George and Jeb Bush relied on Katherine Harris, Florida’s Secretary of State, to recapture the White House for the Bush family. That made Ka...

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Elizabeth Dole has been virtually invisible since she was elected.  (In case you forgot, she is North Carolina’s senior United States Senator.)

She may wish she were invisible after this year’s elections are over.

Senator Dole is being panned for her performance as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  So is her staff, including Executive Director Mark Stephens of North Carolina.

I don’t know Senator Dole or Mark well.  But I respect their obvious political abilities.  And I learned long ago that success or failure as a political operative rest largely on the fortunes of timing and the foibles of candidates, neither of which you can control.

Right now, things don’t look good for Republican Senate candidates.  In fact, Liddy and Mark could end up presiding over the GOP’s loss of the Senate.

I detect a whiff of desperation in a fundraising appeal Mark signed recently.  One newspaper quoted his “apocalyptic predictions should the Democrats become the majority party:”

"They want nothing more than to create a three-ring political circus they know will get favorable coverage from the liberal media so that they can discredit, and then undo the Bush tax cuts and other important elements of the Bush agenda.

"And it's even likely that Democrats - should they take over the House and Senate - will try to impeach President Bush."

Ah well, as Hunter Thompson used to say: When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

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The USA Today/Gallup poll now shows George Bush at a 31 percent approval rating.  Nearly two-thirds of Americans – 65 percent – approve of the jo...

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Has there ever been a worse idea than the Senate Republicans’ proposal for a $100 tax rebate to help Americans buy more $3 gas? Has there ever been ...

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Gary Praises the President

Brace yourself. I have something good to say about George W. Bush.

But I’ll probably end up taking it back.

Bush went to Orange County, California, Monday.  He talked about immigration.  And he spoke out clearly against the anti-immigrant demagogues in his own party: 

 

“I know this is an emotional debate…but one thing we cannot lose sight of is that we’re talking about human beings, decent human beings.”

 

He’s right.  Right many Republicans have lost sight of that.  

Bush went on.  He dismissed one of the demagogues’ favorite proposals:

 

“Massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic.  It’s just not going to work.”

 

Way to go, George.  I give you an atta-boy.

But here comes the part where I take it back.

It turns out he was talking to 300 business owners.  It turns out he was telling them they shouldn’t be penalized for hiring illegal immigrants.

In other words, this wasn’t a heartfelt speech about immigrants who are “decent human beings.”  It was about a key political constituency that makes decent political contributions.

Well, I tried to say something nice.

 

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How much trouble does President Bush think he is in over Iraq?   A lot.    Witness three news items:   Bush’s photo op in...

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The Charlotte Observer reports (3-9-06) there will be no election at all in almost half the 170 races for State House and Senate this fall.   I...

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