Tuesday, August 01, 2006

GOP Apparently Only Sending Cheney To Safest Political Battlegrounds

As we head into election season, it appears the GOP plans to use Vice President Cheney sparingly, and almost always in the safest political battlegrounds.

It's not surprising, given Cheney's job approval rating has hovered at about 30% for several months. Cheney may still be a powerful voice in the Bush Administration, but it would seem the GOP is worried that Cheney could be "political poison," and if linked too closely to candidates, could cause unpopularity by association.

Last week, for example, Cheney headlined a fund-raiser for Alabama's Republican Governor, Bob Riley, who according to the local press has a sizeable lead over Democrat Lucy Baxley, and whose "campaign war chest is well endowed."

"One political analyst went so far as to suggest that it was Cheney and not Riley who benefited most from the appearance, simply because event organizers did not seem to consider the vice president as political poison," wrote the Tuscaloosa News, in an editiorial.

Soon, Cheney will be heading to Idaho, where he will attend a fund-raiser for GOP congressional candidate Bill Sali.

Sali appears to have a significant war chest, and he seems like a lock to replace Republican "Butch" Otter, a candidate for governor. Sali leads Democrat Larry Grant by 17 percentage points in a recent poll.

In other words, like Riley, he's probably safe enough to absorb any negatives associated with the vice president.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Kurovski said...

Cheney now has something in common with Ann Coulter: both are campaign liabilities.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous louis-t said...

Mr. 18%

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't an abbreviation like "GOP" a piece of "empty conservative spin"? Remember, gop.com is the official website of the Republican National Committee.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember. The failure isn't Bush, Cheney or Coulter.

The failure is the ideology of right wing neoconservatism. the ideology always fails, always has always will.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coulter only wishes people to get killed. Cheney's war policies does get people killed.

Kevin Schmidt, Sterling VA

4:48 PM  

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