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Tilting at Windmills

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November 1, 2008

THE INVISIBLE MAN.... It's hardly a secret that George W. Bush is the least popular president in generations. It's also pretty obvious that John McCain has developed an acute allergy to the president.

But it is kind of amusing to look back at the remarks the two men, standing side by side, made at the White House in March. McCain vowed, in a grammatically clumsy sentence, "I intend to have as much possible campaigning events together" with Bush. McCain went on to say, "I hope that the president will find time from his busy schedule to be out on the campaign trail with me," adding that he would "look forward" to joint campaign events. "I will be glad to have the president with me, in keeping with his schedule, in any part of America," McCain concluded.

Nearly seven months later, how's that working out?

It's the week before Election Day. Do you know where your president is? Probably not, and that is by design. [...]

With Mr. Bush's job approval ratings at historic lows, political analysts have long said Republican candidates simply do not want to be seen with him. But now, with the election just days away, it seems that Republican candidates do not want Mr. Bush to be seen, period.

"One of McCain's biggest challenges has been how to deal with Bush, and he never quite got it right," said Scott Reed, a Republican strategist who ran Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign. "Now, the best thing is silence."

So the president has temporarily dropped out of sight. Until recently, Mr. Bush was giving talks about the battered economy on nearly a daily basis, prompting some Republicans to grumble privately that so much presidential face time was hurting their election chances. This week, Mr. Bush stepped back, holding just four public events, none with real policy implications.

When can we expect those joint campaign events that McCain was "looking forward" to?

Steve Benen 10:25 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (14)

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Take your pick:

George the President or Joe the Plumber.

Seems John chose the latter as his role model.

As we get closer to the election Americans have a clear choice, choose adults or dolts.

We have been at the mercy of dolts for 8 years.

Without reservation, I'd say John picked a bonafide dolt to be his running mate.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on November 1, 2008 at 10:28 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe McCain can appear as a character witness at Bush's war-crimes trial...

Posted by: bleh on November 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

I wonder how George Bush is rationalizing driving the Republican party over a cliff? This record voter turnout is all about him, and not in a good way.
My guess is he's still clinging to the "visionary leader misunderstood in his time" notion.

Posted by: Del Capslock on November 1, 2008 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

George W Bush is still president?
The way McCain has been attacking his opponent, you'd think that Obama was the one in charge.

Posted by: Lew Scannon on November 1, 2008 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

I wonder how George Bush is rationalizing driving the Republican party over a cliff?

To old money political families, military families like John McCain are considered "the help." Helping drive McCain's campaign into a ditch is just Bush sending one last message to John McCain about who's in charge. Bush always resented McCain for having the audacity to run against him in 2000, and Bush probably feels good about knowing he played a small role in sabotaging McCain's chances. The fact that Bush brought the rest of the Republican party down with him is just yet another example of how lots of people get caught in the crossfire of Bush's irresponsibility and narcissism.

Posted by: Tyro on November 1, 2008 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

On seeing the title (The Invisible Man), I thought this was going to be about Cheney. Had he not been taken to the hospital for some heart recalibration thing, we would not have heard from him pretty much since he shot his buddy.

And with Congressional candidates avoiding co-appearances with McCain, maybe the stink is trickling down. Let it rain.

Posted by: Danp on November 1, 2008 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK

George Bush, Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber.

BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA....

Posted by: JIm B on November 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe they're saving Dubya for one big final blowout: Cavalcade of Republican Stars! With appearances by Bush! Rove! Cheney! Rice! Rumsfeld! Ashcroft! Gonzalez! Abramoff! DeLay! Lott! Craig! Cunningham! Foley! If you loved the last eight years, you're sure to enjoy every minute of it!

Posted by: FlipYrWhig on November 1, 2008 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

When can we expect those joint campaign events that McCain was "looking forward" to?

We can expect them about the same time we get the positive, issue-focused campaign that McCain promised back in August.

As an aside, the last Republican president whose dogmatic ideology almost destroyed the country, Herbert Hoover, has been getting some press as conservatives try to rehabilitate his reputation. Does anyone think that there will be a George Dubya Bush Institute, along the lines of the Hoover Insitute, in the future? If so, what do you think it will promote -- Bush's approach to economics, or the Constitution, or maybe foreign policy?

Posted by: SteveT on November 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

Yep there will be a George Dubya Bush Institute, with straight jackets and custom cells for rehabitiation.

Posted by: Megalomania on November 1, 2008 at 12:16 PM | PERMALINK

Bush is McCain's Ayers, Khalidi, and Wright all wrapped up in one body.

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on November 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

When can we expect those joint campaign events
that McCain was "looking forward" to?

When Undivine Sarah releases her medical records OR when the Wasilla Winker appears on Meet the Press, which ever comes second.

Posted by: Tomm on November 1, 2008 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

How about a new Obama ad using this video clip? Should be good for a reminder to the undecideds.

Posted by: AlisonS on November 1, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

The word is that he can still raise big bucks at private fundraising events with millionaires, though.

Posted by: Nancy Irving on November 2, 2008 at 5:04 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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