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Thursday, May 11, 2006

CONSERVATIVES FLEEING BUSH'S SIDE...............................................................

Concerns over spending, immigration policy running high, experts say

WASHINGTON---Disaffection over spending and immigration hve caused conservatives to take flight from President Bush and the Republican Congress at a rapid pace in recent weeks, sending Bush's approval ratings to record lows and presenting a new threat to the GOPs 12-year reign on Capitol Hill, according to White House officials, lawmakers and new polling data.

Bush and Congress have suffered a decline in support from almost every part of the conservative coalition over the past year, a trend that has accelerated with alarming implications for Bush's governing strategy.

The gallup polling organization recorded a 13-percentage-point drop in Republican support for Bush in the past couple of weeks. These usually reliable voters are telling pollsters and lawmakers they are fed up with what they see as out-of-control spending in Washington and, more generally, an abandonment of core conservative principles.

*It doesn't appear that the Republican Congress cares too much about what these voters have to say, because yesterday they passed the tax-refund for the rich again. And, IT WENT DOWN PARTY LINES. REPUBLICANS-YES and DEMOCRATS-NO!

There are also significant pockets of conservatives turning on Bush and Congress over their failure to tighten immigration laws, restrict same-sex marriage, and put an end to the Iraq war and the rash of political scandals, according to lawmakers and pollsters.


COALESCING AROUND THE BASE

Bush won two presidential elections by pursuing a political and governing model that was predicated on winning and sustaining the loyal backing of social, economic and foreign policy conservatives. The strategy was based on the belief that conservatives, who are often more politically active than the general public, could be inspired to vote in larger numbers and would serve as a relaible foundation for his presidency. The theory, as explained by Bush strategists, is that the president would enjoy a floor below which his supprt would never fall.

*I'd like to know how those voters feel now that they were suckered in by a liar? Why couldn't they see Bush and the Republicans for what they were? Was it just because Bush said that he was a christian? Can they ever rely on another candidate who pretends to be a good christian again? If you're a good christian, you don't have to announce it on a daily basis like Bush did. You just have to live it. That's what turned me off on Bush. Was he trying to convince himself or the people? The good christian voters need to ask for this guys resignation along with Cheney's.

It is now apparent that this floor has weakened dramatically---and collapsed in places.

"A lot of us have been like Paul Revere and sounding the alarm for three or four years," said Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FLA). "Conservatives forgave Bush and Congress for our past mistakes because the war on terrorism was so important...but now there is a great deal of unhappiness. What you are going to increasingly see is a divided Republican Party."

*All of the Republicans that were involved in sounding this so-called alarm for three or four years should resign from office or be voted out. They took advantage of their base by just claiming to be what they thought their base wanted them to be. All along they knew that they were going to vote Bush's way and not the people's! I hope they don't forgive them so easily this time around. After this bunch in Congress, it's time for some new blood. Someone that will work for the people even if it's only for little while. We can't afford to go backwards anymore!

Michael Franc, a top official at the Heritage Foundation, said his organization hosted 600 of its top conservative donors last week and heard more widespread complaining about Republicans than at any other point in the past 12 years. "It begins with spending, extends through immigration and results in a sense that we have Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee for the two parties," Franc said.

*In my opinion, it all starts with arrogance!


DISSATISFACTION IN THE TRENCHES

Ralph Sivillo, a 64-year-old retiree living in Monroe, N.Y., said he started turning against Bush in January. He said Democrats are beginning to look better to him. "I'm really dead against Bush at this point. What's he doing? He's doing nothing. Everybody's just bailing on him because they feel the same way."

*They're not bailing on Bush because he's not doing nothing Mr. Sivillo. They're bailing on him because it's election season. They'll be right back doing his bidding as soon as they get re-elected! That's why they don't deserve to get re-elected. Just look at how Congress voted yesterday. Once again it was for the rich and the vote went down party lines. It's arrogance! The first ones that need to go is the Republican leadership. Both Hastert and Frist. Those are your 2 biggest lap-dogs for Bush.

"He's not well liked," said Douglas Giles, 47, a self-described conservative from Buffalo. "A lot of people don't think he's very good."

*A lot of Bush's arrogance comes from the fact that he "really" thinks that he is loved out there. His people keep all the bad stuff said about him away from him. He's living on a planet of his own! They're afrain that if he finds out how the public really feels about him, he'll go off. He's not very stable at all!

Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center, a leading polling group, said one of the most striking findings of recent surveys is the growing number of conservatives who "don't see Bush as one of them" as they did earlier. Pew found that Bush has suffered a 24-point drop in his approval rating among voters who backed him in 2004: from 92% in January 2005 to 68% in March.

*I said it before and I'll say it again! Before Bush was re-elected, I used to say that if people thought he was no good now, wait until he serves a second term. He's never going to need another vote from anybody so he's going to really hit hard. He's a phoney! It is beyond me how these people couldn't see it! I still wonder about the other 28% of the people that think he's okay. Have Americans become as arrogant as the rest of the world thinks? At least 28% of them have.

Frank Newport of the Gallup organization cautioned against reading too much into Bush's recent loss of support among conservatives. He ssid the numbers tend to ebb and flow and must be confirmed over several months before it is possible ti conclude the president has suffered irreversible erosion.

Moreover, the public's view of the economy and Washington may have been soured by gasoline prices having topped $3 a gallon over the past month.


TREND WORRIES GOP STRATEGISTS

But GOP lawmakers and strategists, who have reviewed a series of polls released in recent weeks, said the results confirm what they are hearing from voters: Conservatives are demoralized and defecting in worrisome numbers. The most recent Associated Press poll found Bush had a 52% approval rating among conservatives; only 33% had a favorable opinion of the Republican-run Congress.

The GOP lawmakers should be worried. Bush couldn't have done this all by himself, you know! It was Frist and Hastert that brought his agenda to the floor of the Senate and House. And it was the GOP lawmakers that voted for Bush's agenda!

"The problem in my mind, and the only way to explain the very significant erosion is just a disgust with what appears to be a complete abandonment of limited government," said former Republican congressman Patrick J. Toomey, who runs the conservative Club for Growth. Toomey said committment to smaller government has been the unifying idea for most elements of the GOP coalition since Ronald Reagan's presidency. "Republicans have finally had enough," he said, a sentiment echoed by several other conservative activists and lawmakers.

Since Bush took office, government spending has increased by more than 25 percent, the largest increase under any president since Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson. At the same time, Bush and the Republican Congress dramatically increased the government's role in, and overall spending on, education and Medicare by enacting the No Child Left Behind law and new prescription drug entitlement for seniors. David A. Keene, head of the American Conservative Union, said there is a sense of flaccid leadership at the White House and in Congress that beggets "things like frustration, which leads to disgust and apathy" among conservatives.


UNEASE OVER IMMIGRATION

The immigration debate appears to be damaging Bush and GOP lawmakers, too. Conservative voters are saying they want swift congressional action to secure the border and enforce immigration laws, but Bush and Congress are split over the best way to deal with illegal immigrants already in the country.

A new Zogby Interactive poll found that fewer than 25% of respondents who described themselves as conservative or very conservative approved of Bush's handling of the immigration debate. "Unfortuantely, when it comes to controlling our borders, we are about a decade behind where we need to be," said Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX).

Karl Rove, Bush's top political adviser, and GOP leaders are well aware of the problem and planning a summer offensive to win back conservatives with a mix of policy fights and warnings of how a Democratic Congress would govern. The plan includes votes on tax cuts, a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, new abortion restrictions, and measures to restrain government spending.

*Why don't the Republicans find something else other than abortion, gay issues and government spending to run on? You can tell it's election-season. The Republicans pull out these types of topics and wind up making fools out of the conservative base again. IT'S GETTING OLD KARL ROVE. TRY ANOTHER TACTIC. I THINK YOUR CONSERVATIVE BASE IS CATCHING ON TO YOU!

Article By: Jim VandeHei and Peter Baker
MSNBC.com
May 11, 2006

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