March 30, 2006
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The big common mistake of the left is that the President is not running for office in 2006 or 2008!
Posted by: Fred Jones | Mar 30, 2006 5:13:55 PM
"The big common mistake of the left is that the President is not running for office in 2006 or 2008!"
Excellent point! Remember how in 1994, Clinton was not running for office and his approval ratings had absolutely no effect on those elections ?
Posted by: MattT | Mar 30, 2006 5:24:45 PM
Great point. I also remember how the GOP didn't use public perception of Clinton to their advantage in 1994.
We must also remember that there certainly aren't any leaked GOP memos going around about how GOP politicians are all "Brand W Republicans" and how their fortunes this fall are tied directly to Bush's!
Gosh, it sure is great for Fred to remind us that no matter what Democrats do or say, it is not only morally wrong, but the wrong political strategy as well! See, we're stupid as well as evil!!!11!!11!!
Posted by: Stephen | Mar 30, 2006 5:38:27 PM
I think Bush could touchdown in Alabama and proceed to machine gun down 15 random citizens before taking off & his approval ratings there probably wouldn't dip below 45 percent.
Posted by: Dustin R. Ridgeway | Mar 30, 2006 6:27:37 PM
"Excellent point! Remember how in 1994, Clinton was not running for office and his approval ratings had absolutely no effect on those elections?"
Clinton's approval rating at this point of 1994 was 56%.
Clinton's approval rating on the eve of the 1994 election had fallen to 47%.
At 47% approve / 47% disapprove, I'd say Clinton's approval ratings really didn't have an effect on the election.
Right track / wrong track and Congressional approval numbers are much better forecasters of the coming storm this November.
Posted by: Petey | Mar 30, 2006 6:54:10 PM
hey fred, when you say the left, what the hell do you mean?
it sounds like bernadette dohrn and mark rudd are running the dnc and have replaced the pics of fdr with trotsky.
Posted by: harry near indy | Mar 30, 2006 7:34:22 PM
I can't necessarily speak for MattT, but my point was that Clinton was a centerpiece of the GOP congressional campaign in 1994, just as he was a centerpiece of everything the GOP did in the 1990's. I certainly wasn't trying to say that he was as universally reviled as Bush.
Posted by: Stephen | Mar 30, 2006 7:46:24 PM
Agreed, in the context of the '06 midterms, the President's numbers will drag the party down as a whole. How much, who knows, but it will have a decent effect.
However, as an indicator of '08, it remains to be seen. There will be alot of distancing by then, methinks. The question is whether Americans have short memories or continuously hold grudges. I'm going with the former. Afterall, Dubya is a former cokehead who bankrupted most businesses he was involved in...and he made President! ...'08 is still up the in air.
Posted by: Adrock | Mar 31, 2006 12:52:49 PM
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