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Bush Stops by RNC to Give Thanks and Wish GOP Luck

By Dan Eggen
President Bush sneaked out of the White House under gloomy skies this morning to pay a surprise visit to the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, wishing luck to GOP staffers in a year that is shaping up as a potential disaster for the party.

Bush rode in the presidential limousine for the short trip east to RNC headquarters on First Street Southeast. Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and advisers Ed Gillespie and Barry Jackson accompanied Bush on the visit.

"He encouraged them to work hard for John McCain and keep turning out the vote until the final ballot is cast next week," White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said in a statement. "He also took the opportunity to thank the staff for all of their efforts during this election cycle and for their support of him over the last eight years."

Stanzel added that Bush also "spoke to the staff about the importance of American leadership on the issues of the economy, the war on terror and freedom."

The visit, which wasn't listed on the presidential schedule and was closed to an accompanying press pool, was the latest example of Bush's remarkably low profile during this election cycle. Bush has not been seen in public with McCain since May and held his final closed-door fundraiser of the season last week. McCain, meanwhile, has lobbed increasingly harsh criticism at Bush in his attempts to distance himself from the unpopular current president.

During the past three elections, Bush and the first lady have also traveled to Crawford, Tex., on Election Day to cast their ballots -- and be photographed doing so -- at the local firehouse. This year, however, the couple voted for McCain with absentee ballots, which were mailed on Friday. Bush will remain in Washington through the election, according to the White House.

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ah Bush aka McCains kiss of death.

oh and thecannula -- tax cuts for corporations under Bush haven't added jobs.

McCain = the same.

Posted by: ripley8 | October 29, 2008 1:11 AM

Bust is the best President in American history.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 28, 2008 11:58 PM

If you want to see the republican base in action, check this out.

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/racist-mccain-rally-goers-pt-8.html

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 28, 2008 10:43 PM


Bush sucks. He truly is the Worst President Ever.

Posted by: inbox_blues | October 28, 2008 9:33 PM

The problem for the GOP is President Bush!

Senator McCain and his running mate could win this presidential campaign if they would provide the public with information about Obama. Many American voters have never heard the following:

#1. The twenty year membership with Wright's anti-American and anti-white church! FAILURE OF OBAMA'S CHARACTER TEST.

2. The American vote that is being bought by $618 million Obama dollars.

3. Lack of transparency in this election. One of many examples:

[In May, NObama released a one-page letter from his primary care doctor, who he had not seen in 18 months.]

[Senator John McCain has granted access to more than 2,500 pages of medical records, in 1999 and 2008, and a recent report, including all medications from a team of doctors at the Mayo Clinic who has been treating him for years.]

4. Senator McCain participated in Campaign financing, but Obama said he would, then flip-flopped and failed to do so!

5. Obama chants "change," chose a 30 YEAR Washington politician for his side-by-side running mate. change(?)

6. Obama has been running for president longer than he has even occupied his Senate seat in Washington!!!! His colleagues claim Obama IS NOT a UNITER [remember those words from GEO.W}. What makes people think he is going to magically transform himself if he gets elected?

Posted by: Cantabrigian | October 28, 2008 8:07 PM

Good riddance to the worst, lying, lazy, dumber than a sack of hammers, ignorant and most incompetent President to have ever served the United States being George Walker Bush. Dear George can take his pathetic self back to Crawford, Texas where he can resume his role as the Crawford Village Idiot which he is definitely qualified for.

Posted by: george33 | October 28, 2008 7:13 PM

Despite all predictions, this election is not, in fact, about Bush. He's a non-entity in it all.

That's fairly remarkable. And against the odds, the McCain/Palin campaign has managed to suck entirely on its own. Sure, the Democrats wanted to paint McCain (accurately, when it comes to nearly all actual policy positions) as the second coming of Bush. But McCain resisted the label, and instead found ways to suck that were completely independent of his ties to Bush.

McCain: He's terrible at giving speeches, yes. His policies are dismal, and more to the point are badly elucidated -- when he's willing to talk about them at all. We know he's for the Iraq War: we don't know anything he intends to do differently, except do more of it and presume it'll all work out this time around. His choice of Palin for the number two spot was, from the standpoint of anyone not a hardcore conservative, bizarre, and smacked of the erratic, shoot-from-the-hip nature of decision making that his past detractors had warned of. His campaign managers have been vitriolic towards the press, and dismissive of the public, and as erratic as their own candidate. His vaunted surrogates have played a round-robin game of publicly humiliating themselves and their candidate (attaching himself to Phil Gramm, noted hellspawn of all that is economically manipulative and devastating, was an inspired touch.) And his behavior during this economic crisis -- making a show of tooling down to Washington to "solve" things, and having his party dissolve into chaos around him, and then rejoining his campaign with nothing "solved" at all, and things in fact much, much worse, and looking for all the world like a man who has just been pied in the face by circumstance -- has been a complete and very public fiasco. He has done his very best to manage to convince everyone that he is, in fact, not anything like presidential material. He's never looked less presidential.

Oh -- and his more impromptu surrogates, people like "Joe the Plumber" and "Tape #254 Of Sarah Palin Saying Something Crazy" and "Campaign Supporter Not Really Attacked At ATM" have added a burnt-popcorn, sideshow quality to the campaign. That hasn't helped.

So... congratulations to McCain, I guess. He managed to do the seemingly impossible -- be trailing in the election not because people were deathly tired of George W. Bush and didn't want anything to do with his party, but because people are deathly tired of John McCain, as well. And I think the award needs to be shared communally, because at all levels of the Republican Party, candidates seem to be going out of their way to make themselves similarly dislikable, out of touch, or (and this is the favorite approach) be ranting with such gusto about the incipient socialism if any of you poor cretins out there dare get better healthcare or a more stable economy that they seem, to be blunt, f---ing nuts.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c

Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 6:41 PM

So McCain wants to re-distribute my tax money to Exxon so they can afford to give me a job?

Yeah, I'll be ringing up your Slim Jim's, Rockstar and lotto tickets in the mini mart, right after I finish cleaning the toilets.

How 'bout if I just take Obama's tax cut and stay self employed?

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 28, 2008 6:21 PM

McCain is an old warmongering dumbarse and Palin is a scary air headed freak. They're clearly not about change. They're intrested in repeating the same things that Bush has done....FAIL!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 6:17 PM

McCain is an old warmongering dumbarse and Palin is a scary air headed freak. They're clearly not about change. They're intrested in repeating the same things that Bush has done....FAIL!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 6:17 PM

A REPUBLICAN HALLOWEEN TRADITION
THE OCTOBER SURPRISE

Race innuendos, terrorist stew
More Reverend Wright evil brew
No money left, do the sums
But something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

October surprise will tell the tale
Will Evil win or will it fail?
Karl Rove schemes with his vile chums
And something wicked this way comes

Bush has provided at least a partial surprise with his attack on Syria.
Will there be a follow up ? Maybe a phony terror attack in the U.S. by a Syrian.

In the meantime, McCain is busy with his “SPREAD THE POVERTY” campaign message.

Corporations First, Country Last.


Posted by: seemstome | October 28, 2008 5:31 PM

Among ordinary citizen this election is about hope vs fear. Those with hope that there will be a better tomorrow they are willing to gamble on an opportunity for change. Many can see that Obama has the ingredients to be a successful president but they know that having the ingredients and being a success are two different things. They have trepidation.
Then there are those who are dominated by fear. They do not see a better tomorrow they are overwhelmed by the risks of today. They do not see what McCain will do to improve their lives but they are in need of someone to protect them from our "enemies". These enemies are liberals who do not care about America. These enemies are change and they are not very adaptable so change is frightening. The enemy could be al Qaeda or Iran or Russia, McCain is more "qualified" to face these threats. They see these threats as inevitable and not in our control so they need a person who is quick to react. It is inconceivable to them that someone can be prepared and is ready to respond because he has anticipated the attack and maybe even headed it off with anticipation.
I see the next two years as the bottom of our slide and that we can make progress as long as we maintain a level playing field. My hope is that a majority of ordinary people are optimistic for if they are we will elect a president who shares our optimism and ours will be a brighter future. That does not mean the next one to two years will not be hard. But it is worth it to turn this country around.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 28, 2008 5:31 PM

"Having looted the treasury, paid out billions to the members of the Bush Crime Family, GW sneaks into the RNC headquarters and with a muted, heh, heh, waves at the demoralized employees and says, "Bye, lots of luck!" He then slinks off to hide from the angry crowds.

What a disaster! The Worst President Ever!!
Thanks for nothing, Pal!"

Dubya did everything but leave the White House in a pile of smoldering rubble.

Posted by: philmphile | October 28, 2008 5:14 PM

LABC,

I think you might be confusing me with "thecannula", read my post again.

Not that I don't feel it is a backhanded compliment to be mistaken for thecannula in some strange and twisted way. Ok, maybe not. :-)

Posted by: wes1155
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I did - and I would not want you to mixed up with that hot mess. :)

Apologies...

Posted by: LABC | October 28, 2008 5:12 PM

Bush doesn't want himself photographed visiting Repub HQ. That's how bad it's gotten.

Posted by: Glimpy | October 28, 2008 4:47 PM

SEATTLE — Two years ago, a list of the nation's brainiest cities was put together from Census Bureau reports — that is, cities with the highest percentage of college graduates, which is not the same as smart, of course.

These are vibrant, prosperous places where a knowledge economy and cool things to do after hours attract people from all over the country. Among the top 10, only two of those metro areas — Raleigh, N.C., and Lexington, Ky. — voted Republican in the 2004 presidential election.

This year, all 10 are likely to go Democratic. What's more, with Colorado, New Hampshire and Virginia now trending blue, Republicans stand to lose the nation's 10 best-educated states as well.

It would be easy to say these places are not the real America, in the peculiar us-and-them parlance of Sarah Palin. It's easy to say because Republicans have been insinuating for years now that some of the brightest, most productive communities in the United States are fake American — a tactic that dates to Newt Gingrich's reign in the Capitol.

Brainy cities have low divorce rates, low crime, high job creation, ethnic diversity and creative capitalism. They're places like Pittsburgh, with its top-notch universities; Albuquerque, N.M., with its surging Latino middle class; and Denver, with its outdoor-loving young people. They grow good people in the smart cities.

But in the politically suicidal greenhouse that Republicans have constructed for themselves, these cities are not welcome. They are disparaged as nests of latte-sipping weenies, alt-lifestyle types and "other" Americans, somehow inauthentic.

If that's what Republicans want, they are doomed to be the party of yesterday.

Tim Egan, NYT

Posted by: toritto | October 28, 2008 4:31 PM

Bush "sneaked" out......no bias here!!!

Posted by: bosseler | October 28, 2008 4:19 PM

LABC,

I think you might be confusing me with "thecannula", read my post again.

Not that I don't feel it is a backhanded compliment to be mistaken for thecannula in some strange and twisted way. Ok, maybe not. :-)

Posted by: wes1155 | October 28, 2008 4:19 PM

Bush "sneaked" out......no bias here!!!

Posted by: bosseler | October 28, 2008 4:19 PM

I bet McCain wishes Bush could have sneaked over without be noticed by anyone.

"Bush "sneaked" out......no bias here!!!

Posted by: bosseler"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 28, 2008 4:19 PM

Bush "sneaked" out......no bias here!!!

Posted by: bosseler | October 28, 2008 4:16 PM

wes, I owe you a big sincere sorry - I have been bombarded with that stupid post (without your observation) all day. I am sorry, you betcha!

Posted by: LABC | October 28, 2008 4:16 PM

Bush "sneaked" out......no bias here!!!

Posted by: bosseler | October 28, 2008 4:15 PM

Bush "sneaked" out......no bias here!!!

Posted by: bosseler | October 28, 2008 4:13 PM

I heard they tried to keep him out but he got in before they got everything locked up tight.

Posted by: silverspring25 | October 28, 2008 4:11 PM

Bush "sneaked" out......no bias here!!!

Posted by: bosseler | October 28, 2008 4:11 PM

OBAMA’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $1200

McCAIN’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $300 + LOWER CORPORATE TAXES FOR BUSINESSES CREATING MIDDLE CLASS JOBS, BUT THEY DON'T USE IT FOR JOB CREATION AND SHIP YOUR JOB OFFSHORE AND YOU GET LAID OFF.

LET’S SEE- $1200 CHECK VS $300 CHECK + UNEMPLOYMENT.

Yup, some dilemma there. You Betcha!

Posted by: wes1155 |
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Didn't you just get your a$$ handed to you on the NY times website for this full of crap talking point? Are any of you McCain supporters capable of more than cutting and pasting the same crap over and over again? Lazy simps...

Posted by: LABC | October 28, 2008 4:11 PM

Bush "sneaked" out......no bias here!!!

Posted by: bosseler | October 28, 2008 4:10 PM

Bush "sneaked" out......no bias here!!!

Posted by: bosseler | October 28, 2008 4:07 PM

"Bush Stops by RNC to Give Thanks and Wish GOP Luck"

“The angel of death has been abroad throughout the land; you may almost hear the beating of his wings."
-- John Bright

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 28, 2008 4:06 PM

OBAMA’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $1200

McCAIN’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $300 + LOWER CORPORATE TAXES FOR BUSINESSES CREATING MIDDLE CLASS JOBS, BUT THEY DON'T USE IT FOR JOB CREATION AND SHIP YOUR JOB OFFSHORE AND YOU GET LAID OFF.

LET’S SEE- $1200 CHECK VS $300 CHECK + UNEMPLOYMENT.

Yup, some dilemma there. You Betcha!

Posted by: wes1155 | October 28, 2008 2:44 PM

Don't worry, Shrub.


McCain still loves you.


Don't believe me?


Well, here just listen to him....and Britney, gush about you:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd0Kb2SnD_Q
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 2:40 PM

McCain Is A Socialist!


Down in the polls, John McCain's new Divide & Flail™ strategy is to call Barack Obama's tax cut for 95% of Americans "socialism."


Well, McCain must have once been a socialist, because it turns out that for years he supported higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for lower taxes on the middle-class.


The YouTube don't lie:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8EyGpOU3qM
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OMG! Oh No, Palin Is A Socialist Too!


It's not just McCain -- Sarah Palin is a socialist too! Hendrik Hertzberg notes (emphasis added):


"A few weeks before Palin was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that "we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs."


Here's the mavericky straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2008/11/03/081103taco_talk_hertzberg
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 28, 2008 2:29 PM

Yeah, they say;

Evil-doers always return to the scenes!

I blame BOTH Bush, and the inept and disfunctional collection of Half-Wits at the RNC for the Melt-Down.

Heckuva Job to BOTH!

Earth to Morons on the Hill:

It was about the Economy, and too many of us DEMANDED ACTION against the Invasora, and Criminal Employment!

HOW? I mean how in the F';

did we end up with a Senile RINO McAmnesty;

and his "Cheerleader"?

Mickey Mouse, and Goofy, could have drawn more support!


But PLEASE, don't Egg his Car!

It is actually ours!-Not His! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 28, 2008 2:06 PM

Tradition! tradition....tradition

National Gallup (Traditional)* Obama 49, McCain 47 Obama +2

Those numbers are a sight for sore eyes-

Americans want jobs and a good economy, in the tradition of the best that America has been-

America does not want socialism....from each according to his ability... because we value hard work and the chance of getting ahead by studying (like Obama did), working with our hands, writing the next hit, or the "Great American Novel", or simply working our way up day by day as a teacher, policeman, architect, etc taking joy in the help we've brought to others and the security we've brought to our families.
THAT's American tradition- not the Redistributive Society Obama could bring in 2 months. What does America want? A check or a job?
Gallup's showing us that more and more want jobs!

OBAMA’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $1200

McCAIN’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $300 + LOWER CORPORATE TAXES FOR BUSINESES CREATING MIDDLE CLASS JOBS

LET’S SEE- $1200 CHECK VS $300 CHECK+JOB

That's NO dilemma!

Posted by: thecannula | October 28, 2008 2:05 PM

Looks like Karl Rove's permanent republican majority had the lifespan of Hitler's Thousand Year Reich. Goodbye and good riddance.

Posted by: sperrico | October 28, 2008 2:01 PM

Republicans can rise from the ashes (assuming they lose of course - it ani't over till its over!) by taking back their fiscally conservative, socially moderate positions.

Its simple really - "We will be carefull how we spend your money, we will defend you and we won't tell you how to live your life. All of you are welcome here"

Reduce the influence of "values" and neo-fascist candidates and present a center-right coalition to the American people. They will respond.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 28, 2008 1:50 PM

He should've stopped by the DNC instead, they probably would show an enormous amount of gratitude.

Posted by: dwt301 | October 28, 2008 1:42 PM

The nerve! And how did the RNC office receive him? With open arms, cheers, and military "hooah's"?

Heckuva job, President Bush. You have done in the GOP, and eliminated the Republicans as a political force in America, forever. Not to mention the damage you inflicted on the military, the country's reputation, and the economy. Worst Presidency, ever!

Posted by: H5N1 | October 28, 2008 1:08 PM

Bush Stops by RNC to Give Thanks for all the F*ck-Ups, and Wish GOP Good Luck.....
Well, nobody can deny the stupid one, in the midst of his alcoholic haze, has a sense of humor.

Posted by: analyst72 | October 28, 2008 1:05 PM

Having looted the treasury, paid out billions to the members of the Bush Crime Family, GW sneaks into the RNC headquarters and with a muted, heh, heh, waves at the demoralized employees and says, "Bye, lots of luck!" He then slinks off to hide from the angry crowds.

What a disaster! The Worst President Ever!!
Thanks for nothing, Pal!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 28, 2008 12:51 PM

OBAMA’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $1200

McCAIN’S MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT - $300 + LOWER CORPORATE TAXES FOR BUSINESES CREATING MIDDLE CLASS JOBS

LET’S SEE- $1200 CHECK VS $300 CHECK+JOB

hmmmmm, what a dilemma…

Posted by: thecannula | October 28, 2008 12:41 PM

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