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 Sunday, October 22, 2006

Why Republicans May Lose the Election : Its All About Trusting George W. Bush by the American People

  Read here full article by Bob Burnett

The issue of TRUST has been there all along.

Now the President has made TRUST a key issue.

During recent campaign stops he's argued that Democrats can't be relied upon to wage a "tough" war on terrorists; implied that only Republicans could be trusted. Specifically one Republican: George W. Bush.

I don't trust President Bush. And I'm not alone.

The September 26th Gallup poll indicated the majority of Americans do not trust the executive branch of the government. Only 46 percent of Americans have "a great deal or fair amount of trust and confidence" in the White House; the lowest level since the darkest days of the Nixon Administration.

It's NOT difficult to understand why George Bush has LOST the TRUST of the American people.

We only have to look at the woeful record of his Administration:

  • Failure to protect the nation;

  • Failure to help average Americans; and

  • Failure to address major national problems, among other shortcomings.

  • It's clear that in the period prior to 9/11 the President and his advisers did not take seriously warnings of an attack by Al Qaeda.

  • The war in Iraq was an epoch miscalculation, a blunder that made America less safe by fueling the flames of terrorism.

  • Indeed, it is difficult to think of any area of foreign policy where the Bush Administration has been successful.

  • National security is hardly their strong suit.

  • Bush domestic policies have also failed.

  • The plight of the average American is demonstrably worse than it was at the end of the Clinton Administration.

  • When it comes to global issues, such as climate change, President Bush and the Republican Party have a similar record of non-accomplishment.

  • Based upon this litany of failures, what's remarkable is not that the Bush Administration has lost the confidence of the nation, it's that anyone trusts them at all.

    Despite all evidence to the contrary, Bush's base trusts him to do the right thing.

    This dramatic polarization of the electorate was the subject of a recent New York Times Op-Ed by Mark Halperin.

    National Security is a prime example.

    Republicans take a hard line: Bush's claims the U.S. is winning the war on terror; therefore, we must "stay the course" in Iraq. This positive message appeals to conservative voters who trust the President.

    In contrast, the Democratic message is negative: the U.S. is losing the war on terror and Iraq was a ghastly mistake. Halperin argues that this approach, while true, is less likely to motivate Democrats to go to the polls.

    Following this logic, the key to the November 7th election will be the 42 percent of the electorate who say they are INDEPENDENTS.

    The October 13th Gallup Poll indicates that "likely voters" prefer the generic congressional Democrat to the generic Republican on all issues.

    In the final analysis, the outcome of the 2006 election will be decided by whether or not Americans trust George Bush.

    For this reason, Democrats will win because ONLY Republicans continue to trust the George W. Bush as President.

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