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President's Political Calendar Empty: GOP Smart to Hide Bush?

President's Political Calendar Empty: GOP Smart to Hide Bush?

President Bush, an accomplished and eager campaigner, is all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Thanks to a basement-level approval rating, fellow-Republicans have spurned the man who has controlled the White House for them these last eight years. Even at his party's biggest party in Minnesota, Bush seemed sequestered at the White House. Bush's presence was limited to eight minutes via satellite, and he didn't even garner a mention by name in John McCain's RNC speech.

The President's political calendar is empty, while the likes of Mitt Romney have events scheduled for every week until the election. And unlike in 2000, when other Democrats did not follow Al Gore's lead of rejecting Bill Clinton, Republicans running for offices across the board want to appear independent of Bush.

Even so, Bush is doing his part — he's raised $238 million for the GOP's 2008 efforts at closed-door fundraisers. Are Republicans smart to keep Bush in the shadows?


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Vespa Vespa 8 years
Stephley, torture, going to war with Iraq, global warming, immigration and closing Guantanimo come to mind off the top of my head. I'm sure there are others, and I recall seeing a statistic that piut his votes with push somewhere around 73%, but to be honest I don't remember where.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
That wasn't my point although it's valid... My point is, why is it that Bush can raise money for the GOP and not for money when we have a crisis or for disease research? And most of us don't have the money in our hands, that's why we are suffering to cover health insurance.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"I read this and it made me think, I wonder how did he raise so much money for the (grand old party) and to run for president...meanwhile it's left up to celebrities to donate and coerce us to give our scarce money for cancer research, MDA, the American Red Cross and Katrina...just to name a few." It's left up to us to donate to charities of our choice. That's the beauty of having our money in our hands, and not the governments. When the government has control over it, they use it in ways we disagree with. That's why we want less government.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
'to run for president'...too clarify I mean when they ALL run for president... sorry.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
"Even so, Bush is doing his part — he's raised $238 million for the GOP's 2008 efforts at closed-door fundraisers." -I read this and it made me think, I wonder how did he raise so much money for the (grand old party) and to run for president...meanwhile it's left up to celebrities to donate and coerce us to give our scarce money for cancer research, MDA, the American Red Cross and Katrina...just to name a few. How does that make sense? Other countries must read this and think we are crazy. ***The Republicans who were firmly fixed into the Federal Government were ironically dubbed the "Gallant Old Party," which soon became known as the "Grand Old Party," which was then shortened to the "GOP."
stephley stephley 8 years
I think the furthest McCain has gotten from Bush in recent years is 88% - that's still to close. Can you actually offer any real, substance differences between McCain and Bush?
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
they'd be dumb not to. but in my opinion, they're the same thing and hiding bush will not hide that fact from me.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Yes, Bush should be hidden. But Mykie is right. It's so annoying for people to keep comparing McCain to Bush. McCain only voted with Bush 90% of the time during a very narrow time frame. His views differ from Bush in many ways!
girlA girlA 8 years
(but i certainly wasn't arguing with you dave) :)
girlA girlA 8 years
Sure, leadership everywhere sure would be stellar, but we're supposed to be able to turn to our Commander in Chief for a direction; to give us hope and offer something of value.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
GirlA - It would be nice if we had some leadership in the Senate as well...
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
CG - I was prepared for it, which is why I will not respond to more rhetoric and lies. The numbers speak for themselves. On my blog I have posted the link to a site that shows the current poll standings within the US. Last week Obama was up 18 points over McCain. This week he's up only 8. Obamas numbers fell and McCains increased. Those are numbers I stand by.
janneth janneth 8 years
You like factcheck? So does McCain. "In an ad released Wednesday called -- really -- "Fact Check," the McCain campaign lied about what said. Says who? Says In "its latest ad, released Sept. 10, the McCain-Palin campaign has altered our message in a fashion we consider less than honest," Factcheck said Wednesday on its website. "The ad strives to convey the message that said 'completely false' attacks on Gov. Sarah Palin had come from Sen. Barack Obama. We said no such thing. We have yet to dispute any claim from the Obama campaign about Palin."
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I want him out and about...speak as much as possible as it can only help Barack Obama and Joe Biden!!
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
I guess just that 10% difference would take Bush from abject failure to best President EVER!!!
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
recent study shows the economy performs better under Democratic president.. Democrats performance in regards to lower inflation, lower unemployment, lower spending, higher surplus vs deficit then republican presidents.. Politicians lie but the numbers do not.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Exactly, Jude and geebers. Also, here are some clips of Bush and McCain's statements on significant platforms, in their very own words (starting at 4:19) -
girlA girlA 8 years
another good fact website is
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
Mykie, I agreed with everything you said except for your last sentence!! Very well said I might add.
geebers geebers 8 years
According to everyone's favorite website (which I never knew of until you guys) - McCain did vote with Bush 95% of the time.
girlA girlA 8 years
Very true Adren. It's a catch 22. I want him hide and never come out, yet we need some leadership NOW!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
And would that not be true, CG, particularly on issues like abortion, judicial appointments, the constitutionality of warrantless wiretaps, the legal rights of Guantanamo detainees, the Bush tax cuts (which he used to oppose), health care, and saving the world from Saddam Hussein? No, they are not the same person, but there are plenty of similarities, which is another reason why it's quite clever (even if fairly obvious) of his campaign to try to distance himself from Bush as much as possible.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 8 years
I think he's doing a great job of hiding all by himself! We have the biggest financial crisis in our country this week, and he gives a 5 minute speech about the state of the economy today in the wee morning hours when half the population is just waking up or asleep.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
They would be dumb not to hide him for a few different reasons. The biggest one, of course, being that his approval ratings are so terrible he would do very little good at best and would hurt McCain immensly at worst. Also, the Republicans can't possibly justify the Bush regime and are trying to put some distance between the two. An added benefit is with the Obama camp drawing comparisons between Bush and McCain, keeping Bush out of the picture helps discredit that. Mykie, I feel for you! I felt kind of the same way with Clinton in his second term.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
mykie fyi get ready to hear a "90%" statement
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