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White House Makes Peace With Being Unpopular

By Dan Eggen
Is President Bush like an unpopular kid in high school?

That was the unusual analogy offered today by White House press secretary Dana Perino.

Perino was being pressed by reporters about why Bush is in hiding during the final days of the presidential campaign and whether he's troubled to be down so far in the polls. She said Bush "is realistic about the political environment that we're in," but has not let his flagging approval ratings bother him.

"Everybody would like to be popular," Perino said. "You can all remember that back in high school, everyone really wanted to be popular. Some of us just weren't. But that doesn't mean that you don't have principles and values that you stay true to. And that's what this president has done, and it's what he's taught a lot of us, including me."

Bush has cleared his schedule of public events since Friday. Bush and the first lady will host a small private dinner at the White House Tuesday night, but he is not planning any public appearances.

Although Bush has avoided the campaign trail, his wife appeared at a rally in Kentucky today for GOP candidates, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who faces a tough reelection fight.

"I'm really looking forward to Election Day, partly because it seems like George has been on the ticket this entire year," Laura Bush quipped during the event in Shepherdsville, Ky.

Unlike last week, when she avoided mentioning the GOP presidential ticket at a Mississippi fundraiser, the first lady today praised John McCain as a "real American hero" and Sarah Palin as "a strong executive and proven reformer."


The first lady also said she was "proud that John McCain chose a Republican woman" as his vice presidential candidate, and highlighted her husband's appointment of women such as Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who is from Kentucky.

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The GOP Rats are Deserting the USS McCain in Titanic Proportions


The Republican rats are all jumping the ship. The USS McCain/Titanic is in full sink mode and all the traditional Republicans, strategists and party faithful are running away as fast as they can.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbjg9Hh17lI
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All of these Republican water-carriers who faithfully parroted every lunacy and vicious Bush/Cheney lie of the last eight years are seeing their Propaganda Factory shut down and put out of business. They can't control the national conversation anymore, so they're all angling to be considered "one of the good ones" in the post-conservative era. I look for a lot of these guys to start avoiding Fixed News Channel like the plague the next few years as they seek to rehab their reputations.
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

"How can anyone who is not a millionaire cheer John McCain, who has said he wants to extend the tax breaks for the wealthiest instead of returning the tax for them to what it was during the Clinton administration, as Obama proposes?"
BettyW1

Betty, I know ten thousand or more coal miners in West Virginia this morning who woke up to read the Spectator and none are millionaires, yet all are questioning any support they may have had for Obama.
Bill Clinton said in 1988 that removing the cap on social secutity taxes was "regressive...no one wants to." THAT'S Exactly what Obama wants to do- it will hurt small business. Obama cleverly claims that 98% of small businesses make under 250k and therefore won't be hurt. He conveniently leaves out the fact that ALL SMALL businesses are included in his figure- EBAY sellers who work at home by themselves, for example. 50% of all small business INCOME will suffer additional heavy taxes due to Obama's unprecidented move.
His "most aggressive cap and trade policy"- his words- will put tens of thousands of coal workers out of work across the country- New Mexico, Colorado, W. Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Virginis. WHO WILL EMPLOY THESE PEOPLE? THE SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE BEING MORE HEAVILY TAXED?

The NY Times last week covered the horrible jobs picture in Rhode Island- 8.8% unemployment as the state with the highest cumulative business taxes-

Wake up Betty, don't cut off your nose to spite your face, by voting for Obama in order to "stick it" to Exxon/Mobile and in turn ruining the entire job creating small and medium sized business sector in our great country.

Millionaires, like Penny Pritzker and Barbara Streisand can AFFORD to support Obama Betty- we can't.


Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I could only WISH Bushie would just quietly Abscond!

But Nooooo, he has little tunnels under the White House that let Vermin like Clinton's Timothy Geithner, and his own Stooges Paulson and Bernanke creep in with new and improved Idiocies to perpetrate!

Half, of a Quarter of the "Bail-Out" Monies, to Bank Dividends!

George, THAT One, should send all four of you TO JAIL!

THAT, is a new level of Grand Theft!

FYI-There were only 3 Million Bad Mortgages. $10,000 Each would have caught up payments while SELLING!

THAT, is ONLY THIRTY BILLION!

Just WHAT was the other SEVEN HUNDRED and FORTY BILLION FOR?!

Oh Yeah Bank Dividends, and Mexico!

Maybe Capital One so they can keep Advertising all their Profits away!

Who's in YOUR Wallet?!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 3, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama vs. jobs
By Ralph R. Reiland Pitts. Trib
Monday, November 3, 2008

I interviewed two plumbing company owners over the weekend about Barack Obama's economic proposals for small business.

One has 15 employees and 12 trucks. The other has 52 employees and 34 trucks. They're Joe the Plumber, writ large.

Both owners had the same reaction to Obama's proposed new taxes and mandates. To not have their bottom lines reduced by government fiat, both said they'd be forced to lay off employees.

pecifically, here's what the owner of the larger firm said regarding six of Obama's key proposals for the small-business sector: The average wage at his company, figuring the 52 paychecks of his office staff, installers and service workers, is $31,200, $15 an hour.

First, "Barack Obama and Joe Biden will require that employers provide seven paid sick days per year," states the Obama campaign's Web site. "I give three paid sick days," explained the business owner. His extra cost for this one new regulation would be $24,960 (4 extra days, 52 employees, at an average of $120 per day). "That's one of the women in the office," he said. "I can make up that cost by letting one of the office people go."

Second, Obama states that employers will be required to pay 100 percent of the cost of health insurance premiums for 100 percent of their employees or face a tax penalty. "I pay 75 percent of their coverage," explained the owner. "The family policy is about $11,000. For single guys, it's about $5,000." At an average annual cost of $7,000 per policy, his additional cost for 52 employees to cover the 25 percent of the premiums that he currently doesn't pay is $91,000. "That's the price of three installers," he said. "Just to stay even with where I am, I'd have to fire three more people or raise some prices and fire two."

The result is more unemployment or more inflation, or both.

Sixth, the increase in taxes on this small business owner from Obama's proposed hike in the income tax rate from 36% to 39.8% on incomes above $200,000 and the proposed increase in Social Security taxes comes to $32,000 per year. "That's another employee," he said, referring to the termination of another installer in order to just stay even.

As Obama explained in July: "We cannot continue to rely on our military to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded."

As "well funded" as our Armed Forces personnel comes to $119 billion per year in paychecks for "community activism," a lot of money for registering dead voters, caulking windows, making sure that all the guns are locked up at the municipal buildings, and monitoring the airways to make sure that conservatives don't have too many talk shows.

Bottom line, Obama's economic plan doesn't hold water. Neither will our pipes.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

This is not about popularity. What a condescending red-herring of a metaphor. Bush's presidency has imploded because of his personal corruption, his venality, which led him to make terrible decisions in foreign policy, domestic policy, frankly all of his policies. Bush is the stooge/frontman for a host of special interests, all of whom have been sucking the treasury dry, for whom killing and destroying the earth are business decisions, and who demonstrate a psychopathic greed and narcissism, as does Bush.

This isn't just a matter of a failed presidency, this is about a man who is part of a political family which has been bent on stealing and hoarding wealth for over a century.

The Bush family, which provided the emotional environment (or lack thereof) which bred the sociopathic George W, has been involved with eugenics, assassination plots (FDR & JFK), corporate raiding, weapons brokering, election theft, and a whole host of other crimes against humanity. They made huge profits by investing in the Nazi steel industry and never paid a dime of war profiteer tax. This whole family is positively Machiavellian.

It's important to see George W.'s reign in context. It did not "just happen." It was and is part of a long term plan that the Bush family is part of.

Did you know that the Bush family recently purchased a very large tract of land in Paraguay? Great place to retire with their absconded billions when Americans finally figure them out and want their heads.

Posted by: mtnmanvt | November 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised that Grampy McCain and Alaskan Blunder Woman are getting their butts kicked in this election because I'm still trying to figure out what the McCain campaign message is, other than:
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"Don't vote for the scary black guy"
-MCCAIN/PALIN 08!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd0Kb2SnD_Q
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting and fun to watch the GOP shrink to a few nativist haters, a couple of religious nuts, and the Kathryn Jean-Lopez's of the world in the next few years.


As long as the Rethuglican party continues to offer huge outsized tax breaks for the filthy rich and nothing for everyone else, the extremist nuts will be the only one's left carrying the GOPer banner after 2008.


I think it is going to be a while before we hear about the big tent Republican party.


Ladies and Germs...I give you your 2009 Republican party:


All hail the GOPer "pup tent party"!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5mdIPNB8t8
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

w is a shameless moron. He has apparently forgotten all the damage he's done in this country and around the world. I blame the people who voted for him as well as katherine harris and jeb for this debacle. It makes me wonder is all republicans all mentally paralyzed and morally crippled. w should be jailed for all his crimes. Hopefully he will be arrested if he ever goes abroad, the draft dodger.

Posted by: davidsawh | November 3, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin: I agree with you, and this is one of the issues in this election that I believe is good for everyone, no matter who wins.

Palin is the one who scares me with stem cell research, as well as her entire belief system with advancement of science. I know she's not on top of the ticket, but with his physical well being she'd be a lot closer to the top spot than Biden would be.

Posted by: beaversrus | November 3, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN - JUST LIKE BUSH AND CHENEY...ONLY WORSE!!!


McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAzDEbVFcg8
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*McCain - Founding Member of the Keating 5


McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.


Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)


McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."


McCain was not convicted of any crimes, though the Senate concluded that he exercised "poor judgment." (Furthermore, he got off on some charges by a technicality -- that he was still in the House when he took those vacation trips, and so the Senate couldn't prosecute him. The House concluded that THEY couldn't prosecute him because he had moved to the Senate.)


Here's some mavericky straight talk, my friends:
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http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Dick The VP Throws McCain Under The Bush!!!


The least popular vice president in history endorses John McCain, his personal choice to succeed the least popular president in history.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3Y8n9FWz4E
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In Obama's prepared remarks for Pueblo, CO, he congratulated McCain on getting on Dick the VP's endorsement:


President Bush is sitting out the last few days before the election. But earlier today, Dick Cheney came out of his undisclosed location and hit the campaign trail. He said that he is, and I quote, "delighted to support John McCain."


I’d like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it. That endorsement didn’t come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington’s biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years. So Senator McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney’s support.


But here’s my question for you, Colorado: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?
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http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1108/Obama_knocks_Cheney_vote.html?showall
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

beaversrus, President Bush is not running for re-election. McCain, on the other hand, supports expanding human embryonic stem-cell research.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Bush's "principles and values that you stay true to":
1)You and your buddies can make a whole lot of money in war. Especially when you control who gets the no-bid contracts.
2)The President is accountable to no one, and he President interprets the law the way he feels like.
4)Any lie is acceptable as long as you "win".
5)The President is the head of a secret club. Don't ask questions.
6)Torture is good.
7)It's fun to dress up as a cowboy, or a fighter pilot and stuff your crotch.

Posted by: DaveMiner | November 3, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

One of the most prominent Oncologists in the world has thrown a large party for "goodbye to Bush" in hopes the next president will be a little more intelligent on stem cell research. The doctor is absolutely sure he can cure cancer with about a year of research and the ability to work with stem cells. He cured my mother-in-law of a malignant brain tumor (her second go-round with cancer).

For anyone out there who's lives have been affected by cancer, please think about this issue and vote accordingly. Stem cells can cure us, and make our childrens' lives safer - unless you let your religious views get in the way of science.

Posted by: beaversrus | November 3, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin would fit right in with Bush and Cheney, she's a Freeloader


$150,000 shopping sprees (at all the best "elitist" shops, no less), on the Republican National Committee tab.
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14805.html
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$21,012 worth of free flights for her daughters, charged to the state of Alaska.
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http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/10/22/alaska_paid_for_palin_daughters_to_travel/
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All this, when she already makes $125,000 a year as governor and pockets an extra $22,883 in energy extraction royalties.


Palin is a chisler supreme.


All of which makes the fact that she charged $16,951 in expenses charged to the state, including 312 per diem allowances for staying in her own home just that much more amazing.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html
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A dual income family, with Sarah earning $125K. Free travel (even for the family), and now free clothes, hair and makeup. They can actually go out in her backyard and shoot a moose, keeping her family in free mooseburger for a year. And still she feels the need to cheat. Shoot that moose for free and still charge the state $60 per burger. And she claims she deserves every bit of it.


Now that's what I call a perverse sense of entitlement.


"Sounds like socialism to me," to borrow a phrase.


Just another fake "bootstrapper" Republican. What a shocker.


Meanwhile, we all have to endure the indignity of Palin turning the campaign for the Vice Presidency into some kind of FOX reality TV makeover show, where they take some ridiculously not-ready-for-prime-time pol and dress her up, push her out on the stage, and see if they can turn her into a VP in 10 weeks.


What the f^ck, right? It's just being second in line to the nuclear launch codes. No big thing. We could even do a whole co-promotional deal with moose sandwiches at Subway.


Thanks, Republicans. You sure do love our country n' stuff and goodluck to you in your newly minted 4th party gadfly status starting in 2009.
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

toritto, most of us right-thinking Republicans disagree that it was "unnecessary" war, corruption, shredding of the Constitution, torture of prisoners, suspension of Habeas Corpus, or intentional spying on innocent Americans. Also, the FUNDAMENTALS (i.e. American workers) of our economy are strong.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the next McCain campaign stunt will be?


So far we've had:
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- Ashley the Sociopathic Fraud

- Joe the Liar, Fraud and Tax Cheat Plumber

- OMG! Bill Ayers!

- Drill, baby, drill

- Watch out for the scary ACORN's!

- It's not Socialism but maybe it is if I scream it loud enough!!!

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We still have about 15 hours left...


COME ON GRAMPY MCCAIN, I KNOW YOU'VE GOT ONE MORE CAMPAIGN STUNT LEFT IN YA!!!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 3, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Worst. President. Ever.

Posted by: Grant_x | November 3, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

To all true Republicans wondering tonight how you got to this point, think about the last 8 years of unnecessary war, corruption, shredding of the Constitution, torture of prisoners, suspension of Habeas Corpus, spying on Americans and financial collapse.

Think about it.

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

To all true Republicans wondering tonight how you got to this point, think about the last 8 years of unnecessary war, corruption, shredding of the Constitution, torture of prisoners, suspension of Habeas Corpus, spying on Americans and financial collapse.

Think about it.

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

It's called "white house", not "black house" folks.

Posted by: Jake_D | November 3, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

No. President Bush is the schoolyard bully who lied to the American people and waged a needless war.

That the media continues to whitewash this grossly criminal act - an act that absolutely ruined our reputation and alliances - just goes to show how passive-aggressive and sneaky both Bush and the mainstream media are.

You deserve each other. And you both have failed the American people.

Democracy does not work when politicians lie to the people. Democracy doesn't not work when the media doesn't pursue the truth. Democracy doesn't work when the powers that be are corrupt.

Goodbye Bush. Goodbye to the media that perpetrates false equivalence.

History will show you both as immoral cowards. The death and destruction is on your hands.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 3, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Amazing arrogance. After eight years of ignorinng those he is responsible to. After eight years of proven incompitence, he comes back with, "I'm Ok with being unpopular? This man is responsible for over a million illegal deaths in Afganistan and Iraq. With devestating his countries economy. With ruining our faith in the legal system. With disregarding the Constitution. With squadering five trillion dollars. With all that and more, he's OK with being unpopular?? He should be glad we don't send him to jail for the rest of his unpopular life. He should be stripped of any benefits offered his office. He should forego his pension and secret service protection as well as all other goodies we will have to pay for, and take his chances with the people he was supposed to serve.

Texas owes us a huge apology!!!

Posted by: msmith97 | November 3, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

God Bless President Bush.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Amazing arrogance. After eight years of ignorinng those he is responsible to. After eight years of proven incompitence, he comes back with, "I'm Ok with being unpopular? This man is responsible for over a million illegal deaths in Afganistan and Iraq. With devestating his countries economy. With ruining our faith in the legal system. With disregarding the Constitution. With squadering five trillion dollars. With all that and more, he's OK with being unpopular?? He should be glad we don't send him to jail for the rest of his unpopular life. he hold be stripped of any benefits offerd his office. He should forego his pension and secret service protection as well as all other goodies we will have to pay for, and take his chances with the people he was supposed to serve.

Texas owes us a huge apology!!!

Posted by: msmith97 | November 3, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

No. President Bush is the schoolyard bully who lied to the American people and waged a needless war.

That the media continues to whitewash this grossly criminal act - an act that absolutely ruined our reputations and alliances overseas - just goes to show how passive-aggressive and sneaky both Bush and the mainstream media are.

You deserve each other. And you both have failed the American people.

Democracy does not work by politicians lying to the people. Democracy doesn't not work when the media doesn't pursue the truth. Democracy doesn't work when the powers that be are corrupt.

Goodbye Bush. Goodbye to the media that perpetrates false equivalence.

History will show you both as immoral cowards. The death and destruction is on your hands. Live with that.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 3, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

God Bless President Bush.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 3, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

It's ok Bush. Soon you can drink yourself into a decade long drunken stupor. If I was you I would. Peace out you faux redneck idiot. If it wasn't for you I never would have had to go to Iraq. Thanks for killing so many over your senseless war.

Posted by: DixieWrecked | November 3, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It's okay Bush. Two more months then you can retire and do all the blow you want and drink yourself into a decade long stupor. If I was you I would too after the last eight years. Peace out you faux redneck cowboy. Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. Time to bring in the White House Orkin man.

Posted by: DixieWrecked | November 3, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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