RUSH: People think that the Democrat-led Congress is doing just as a dreary a job as President Bush. ‘Following four months of bitter political standoffs that have seen little progress on Iraq and a host of domestic…’ Do you really think the low congressional approval is because they haven’t done anything in Iraq? I think it’s the exact opposite. I think the Drive-By are fooling themselves here. I think the low approval ratings are precisely because they’re trying to lose the war. I have never bought this notion that the majority of the American people want out of Iraq or that they want to lose the war. I don’t believe it. The Democrats say that’s what last year’s elections meant. I don’t believe it for a second.
I think that people like Pelosi and Reid and the faces of the Democrat Congress are getting low approval numbers because people are sick and tired of doom and gloom and negativism and ‘Bush sucks’ and ‘Bush lies’ and all this, and trying to engineer defeat. I think that’s the dirty little secret here. ‘Only 35 percent approve today of how Congress is handling its job. That’s down five points in a month. That gives lawmakers the same bleak approval rating as President Bush who has been mired at about that level since last fall. Now, Representative Tom Cole, a Republican from Oklahoma who heads the House GOP’s campaign committee said, ‘It’s mostly Iraq, plus lack of progress in other areas. They’re not good numbers for an incumbent. Doesn’t matter if you have an R or D next to your name.’ This is bad news. when a Republican thinks that low congressional approval is because of Iraq. It may be because of Iraq, but it ain’t because we haven’t pulled out of there. Folks, if it were, they would have had no trouble overriding President Bush’s veto. They would not have had to spend $24 billion in pork to pass the troop reduction bill in first place, or withdrawal bill. It’s all a smokescreen. It’s like those 11 moderates that went up to see Bush. The White House is fit to be tied over this. It’s about time, by the way. The White House is firing back at a couple of these Congressmen for going to Tim Russert and spilling the beans about what happened in the meeting. As well they should.
‘Top Bush administration officials lashed out at a pair of House Republicans at the White House yesterday after details about a contentious meeting between President Bush and GOP legislators were leaked to the media earlier this week. … Reps. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) attracted the ire of White House officials for allegedly speaking to reporters about a Tuesday meeting between Bush and centrist Republicans…’ They’re now calling them ‘centrist Republicans.’ The first day they were talking about this they were talking about ‘Republicans.’ Now they’re identifying them, because I did it yesterday. These were all moderates that went up there. I’m going to tell you, folks, it’s very, very simple. If these Republicans really cared about Iraq, and if their real mission in going to see Bush was to try to get this off the dime, they wouldn’t have said a word about this to the media. The fact that they came out of there and called Russert and gave him the exclusive means that these people are just… Well, do you know what a pole dancer is? Have you ever watched the Sopranos? These guys are
They think they have to go up and have a meeting with Bush, tell him what for, and then come back and tell the Drive-By Media, and they think that’s going to help them with their constituents. Did they learn nothing from last November’s elections? Memo to Republicans: Moderate or not, your voters don’t want you to sound like Democrats. They don’t want you to vote like Democrats. They don’t want you to spend like Democrats. They don’t want you to be arrogant like Democrats. They want you to be conservatives, and they want you to be Republicans. If you can’t figure that out after what happened last November, then all is lost for you in the next November election. It’s just mind boggling to watch these guys parade up there. Folks, they couldn’t have cared less about Iraq. If they did, if that was what really bugged them, we would not know of this meeting. They went up there purposely to make themselves look like tough guys — which is hard for moderates to do — and look at how they chose to do it, by beating up on Bush!
Well, how hard is that? Everybody else is beating up on Bush.