The White House thinks that they have one last chance to save the president’s bacon.
Confronting the worst poll numbers seen in the West Wing since his father went down to defeat, President Bush and his team are focusing on the fall midterm elections as the best chance to salvage his presidency and are building a campaign strategy around tax cuts, immigration and national security.
Modern history offers no precedent of a president climbing from a hole as deep as the one Bush finds himself in, and White House strategists have concluded that no staff shake-up or other quick fix will alter their trajectory. In the sixth year of his tenure, they said, Bush cannot easily change the minds of voters whose impressions are fully formed.
If Republicans retain Congress in November, Bush advisers note, he could assert that for the third straight election, the party defied historical patterns and popular predictions. Bush, they said, could advance a fresh agenda in early 2007.
I’d like to smoke what they’ve been drinking.
Does Karl Rove and his minions truly believe that the 70% of the country who disapproves of the way the administration is doing their job will suddenly turn around in five months and fall for their mantra of more tax cuts in the face of a monstrous budget deficit and and flattening economy, immigration reform — which relies on getting members of their own party to stop fear-mongering about the hordes of brown people flooding over the border, and national security (9/11!) when they can’t even secure the ports and shipyards? Not to mention the usual hot-button issues they’ll push such as legalizing gay-bashing in the Constitution and whatever else they can push-poll through this summer?
How stupid do they think we are? Well, I’m pretty sure we’re going to find out.
Oh, and guess what: we’re paying for it.
With Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove reassigned from day-to-day policy management to concentrate on the fall campaign, the White House has begun setting an agenda.
What I’d like to know is why am I, a taxpayer, footing the bill for Karl Rove’s salary as a White House staffer while he’s clearly doing nothing but working for the Republican National Committee?