Thursday, August 24, 2006

Several Northeast Republicans Distancing Themselves From Bush As Election Draws Near

You probably won't see Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and President Bush together before Election Day.

When it comes to President Bush and the Republican Congress, Gerlach says voters in his suburban Philadelphia district are in a "sour mood."

That's why the two-term incumbent says "the name of the game" is to convince those same voters that he can be independent of his own party. He has turned his standard line about Bush -- "When I think he's wrong, I let him know" -- into a virtual campaign slogan, repeated in interviews and TV ads.

"It is a combination of things, from the war in Iraq to gas prices to what they are experiencing in their local areas," Gerlach said of the surly electorate whose decision he will know on Nov. 7.

It's a decision that several Republicans in Congress are facing, particularly in the Northeast, where Bush's popularity rating is a startling 28%. Republicans there -- a mix of moderates and conservatives -- are trying to portray themselves as independents in time for this November's voting.

Will they succeed? Gerlach's race against Democrat Lois Murphy is neck-and-neck, and the same can be said for a handful of other races in the region.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Old Crusoe said...

Can't blame the NE Republicans on this one. If Dubya was coming to campaign for me, I'd head for the hills, too.

It's not going to be pretty in those early NE returns for the president's party.

And I hope the tremor rolls west all evening on Nov. 7th.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous ...of J.Temperance said...

It's obviously smart politically speaking

W isn't as popular as some Republicans would like to think that he is.

Many Republican politicians, and not just North East ones, want to be re-elected, so they'll distance themselves from W. I think by the time 2008 arrives, the majority of Republicans aren't even going to mention the name George W. Bush....I've said for a while now, the name George W. Bush is going to be electoral poison at the polls....W is going to be like Herbert Hoover, I would say that it's going to be a long time before the Republicans from 2008 and on will feel safe at the polls mentioning W's name....in the same way that the name Herbert Hoover for decades was electoral poison at the polls.

Hopefully W will be the last Bush EVER to sit in the WH.

2:06 AM  
Anonymous babylonsister said...

The only ones who will welcome Il Dunce at this point are the ones in trouble. They have nothing to lose. Ha! Dimson is quickly becoming a pariah and those who associate with him are as well.

2:07 AM  
Anonymous ninkasi said...

It might be easier for them to distance themselves if they didn't rubber-stamp everything he wants. They might want to change the wording, to say "When I think he's wrong, I let him know, but I vote for whatever he wants anyway".

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Hush2Sparkly said...

Their new mantra: I'll vote for bush's policies ...... but I won't like it

"wink" "wink"

2:09 AM  
Anonymous ...of J.Temperance said...

Most politicians that Junior has campaigned for have lost

So is it any wonder some are asking him to not campaign for them. Junior's anti-Midas Touch continues.

3:10 AM  
Blogger Gumby said...

My representative, Deb "Political Whore" Pryce, number 4 republican in the House, is also running commercials stressing her "independence" from Bush and her party leadership. funny thing, 2 years ago she wrapped herself up with Bushie.

10:28 PM  

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