Bush Is A 4 Letter Word

Isn't it amazing how Republicans react when they're called out for blindly voting in line with and pursuing the policies of the president of their own party?

Yesterday I shared with you our new ad and website that the Courage Campaign has launched to expose David Dreier (CA-26) as the Bush rubber stamp that he is. The story got picked up by the LA Times blog, which got a statement from a Dreier spokeswoman who called the ad a "smear." First of all, I love that they were compelled to respond to it but what's funny about that is that all the ad does is rattle off 4 of his worst votes and tie him to the sitting president of his own party. That's a smear? Really?

And I've written before how remarkably on-message Democrats have been this year with the whole "McCain = Bush's third term" meme and while McCain likes to laugh it off, it's clearly gotten under team McCain's skin as well. Check out how they reacted when a woman holding a "McCain = Bush" sign was hanging out outside of a McCain event in Denver recently.

In other words, in ousting her, McCain acted exactly like Bush. Classic, but again, the very fact that the sign "McCain = Bush" is perceived to be so offensive and potentially damaging that they have to escort an old woman off the premises speaks volumes. As ousted librarian Carol Kreck said

Why is that offensive? Why would Republicans who voted for Bush find it offensive that the sign says McCain = Bush?

Because Bush is toxic and they all know it.

The reason for this, of course, is not exactly hard to divine. The guy hits new lows in popularity seemingly every week and his stewardship of the economy and the war are, well, pathetic. But it's not every day that a Republican admits as much.

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) cannot win the presidency if the election becomes a referendum on President Bush, a prominent Republican lawmaker, Rep. Tom Davis (Va.), declared Wednesday.

"If this is a referendum on Bush, then this race is over," Davis said on a conference call with reporters.

Davis acknowledged the political environment is tough for Republicans because Bush's numbers have been "in the trash can."

And by the way, it's not just Republicans being tied to Bush. Howie Klein brings us the latest attack on GA-12's Blue Dog John Barrow, whose progressive primary challenger, Regina Thomas, is using the Bush Rubber Stamp meme against him as well. Barrow's response:

"Apparently the only way to persuade some people that I'm not a rubber stamp for George Bush is to become a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi."

How not to win a Democratic primary 101.

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, CA-26, David Dreier, George Bush, John McCain (all tags)

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It's really funny.  Anyone think they would have thrown that lady out if her sign said "McCain = Reagan"?

by Steve M 2008-07-09 04:33PM | 0 recs
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I really want to see two people standing near each other in line to get into one of these events, one with a "McCain = Bush" sign and one with a "McCain = Reagan" (or something saying essentially the same). If the Secret Service* tells the local police to eject one and not the other, you've got a clear case of politics being played.

Unfortunately, I don't live where he's likely to be holding an event anytime soon. And I just got back from my vacation, or I'd consider a road trip.

*I don't believe representatives of the Secret Service told that guy in the video to have her removed, but it will open a can worms if members of the McCain campaign are shown to be lying about them.

by joc 2008-07-09 05:11PM | 0 recs
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It's really stunning how McCain and the Republicans seem so unprepared to counteract the entirely logical fact that their policies mirror that of the president's.  If there's one thing that will deliver at least 50% of the country to Obama, it is that he is not Bush.  McCain is, in almost every way.

In 2006 they tried to tie Democrats to Nancy Pelosi, somehow believing that out of the small, politically-engaged subset of people that even know who she is, actual voters would change their minds on who to vote for.

McCain cannot run away from Bush though.  He's the freaking president, and will be until Obama is inaugurated.

by Skaje 2008-07-09 04:34PM | 0 recs
No it's Not....

McCain has relatively little money compared to the RNC. Bush does not want to raise money for anyone if they intend to tarnish his "legacy". Therefore, the GOP realizes this is the occupational hazard; if they jettison Bush as many Democrats did to Bill Clinton in 2000, Bush intends to make these Republicans pay.

Moreover, if you realize that Bush won in '04 in strict sense by tearing down Kerry...it makes perfect sense that the coordinated Repubican strategy will be to run against Obama harder than Obama tries to run against Bush or McCain. This might seem impossible, but remember that in '04 this is precisely the strategy that worked: as the incumbent deflect your own weaknesses by concentrating on your opponent's.

The protracted race between Clinton and Obama ensured that the RNC especially would hold the dogs at bay until they could tailor the message to the eventual nominee. I fully expect that the Republicnas will continue to look unprepared to balance this "third term" idea all while accepting its the price to pay for withering attacks on Obama and the rest of the Democrats running for office.

by risenmessiah 2008-07-09 06:48PM | 0 recs
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by barmajan 2008-07-16 08:58PM | 0 recs
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SPAM

by Kysen 2008-07-16 09:18PM | 0 recs
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I posted a diary about this video a couple of days ago. What I liked was the guy in the green costume off to the side. I couldn't figure out what he was supposed to be until someone over at Hullabaloo told me he was dressed as "two peas in a pod".  :D
I guess he was being removed along with that  terribly threatening 60 year old librarian.
by skohayes 2008-07-09 04:46PM | 0 recs
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watch out!! shes a terrorist! an enemy combatant! a 60 yr old librarian!!

by alyssa chaos 2008-07-09 04:54PM | 0 recs
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any info as to how this was legal?  I have been to a lot of Obama events and there are usually some pro-life protestors with posters showing dead babies.  No one asks them to leave and everyone is usually very polite.  I am just trying to find out how you can cite someone for being on public property when they are not being disruptive.

by Xris 2008-07-09 06:05PM | 0 recs

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