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CT Governor: Playing the Bush Card

MARLBOROUGH, Conn. -- The Democratic Senate primary between Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont isn't the only race where President George W. Bush is an issue.

Shortly after landing at Bradley International Airport today, The Fix heard a radio ad -- paid for by New Haven Mayor John DeStefano (D) -- that attacks Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy (D) for proposing a universal health care plan that would require approval by the Bush administration. The ad asks why voters should trust the White House after its handling of the war in Iraq.

The confluence of rhetoric between DeStefano and Lamont is no coincidence. Both are running as anti-Bush Democrats in hopes of energizing liberal base voters to turn out tomorrow.

That strategy appears to be working. In the same Quinnipiac University poll that had Lamont leading Lieberman by six points, DeStefano held a seven-point edge over Malloy.

Unlike the Senate race, however, the Democratic nominee for governor will start the general election as a major underdog. Gov. Jodi Rell (R) is one of the most popular governors (of either party) in the country and she looks close to unbeatable at the moment.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 7, 2006; 6:50 PM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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Zell Miller is a crazy old man. he did the party a favor. anyone who does not see this administration for what it is has their head so far up their arse that they do not have a clue. it is time to start doing some research and look at what kind of people comprise this administration.

they are Not your friends. do your research.

i was recently sent an email essay that says it all. i can not contribute it to anyone. whoever wrote it tells it like it is!
Got this from my favorite lefty site:


I'm supposed to believe that the man who sat in a classroom reading a kids' book for seven minutes AFTER he was told the country was under attack, who was warned repeatedly about imminent threats against the country and chose to ignore them, who has traipsed off on vacation every time there is a domestic or international disaster, is a decisive man-of-action with the fortitude to run a nation.

I am supposed to believe that God himself chooses my nation's leaders and that, in His infinite wisdom, he chose a lying, thieving, self-absorbed, pro-torture, pro-war, lazy frat-boy jerk like George W. Bush.

I am supposed to believe that the same man who used family money and influence to duck military duty, who has failed at every business venture he ever tried, who never did an honest day's work or accomplished anything of value in his entire life, is fit to be Commander-in-Chief.

I am supposed to believe that a man who ignores the Constitution he swore to uphold, breaks the law with abandon, repeatedly lied about the reasons for going to war, its cost, its duration, and even its goals, is honest and trustworthy.

I am supposed to believe that the escalating violence, chaos and deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are a sign of progress.

I am supposed to believe that a man who, by his own admission, does not read newspapers, who only meets with and listens to 'yes' men, who refuses to speak before any group that is not hand-picked from his staunchest supporters, is in touch with the realities of the world.

I am supposed to believe that sending US soldiers into combat without proper equipment or a viable military strategy, while decreasing their pensions and their benefits, is a patriotic display of supporting the troops.

I am supposed to believe that gutting the funding of social programs aimed at assisting the poor, the sick, the hungry and the homeless is the outcome of good Christians being in office, and that torturing, maiming and killing innocent civilians is "doing the Lord's work".

Oh, don't go anywhere, because I haven't even gotten started yet ...

I am supposed to believe that a president who acts like an ill-mannered, oafish, mindless buffoon in public, both at home and in international settings, and a vice president who tells a colleague to go f*ck himself in the course of conducting the country's business, are both deserving of respect.

I am supposed to believe that spying on US citizens, quashing free speech, and suspending laws that govern detention and confinement without just cause is preserving the tenets of democracy.

I am supposed to believe that alienating our allies, isolating ourselves from the world, refusing to use diplomacy instead of aggression, and causing people around the globe to hate us is the best way to protect my country from violent attack.

I am supposed to believe that no-bid contracts awarded to companies owned by members of this Administration, its families and its cronies is pure coincidence, and that secret meetings resulting in policies that enrich their supporters to the detriment of hard-working Americans is good and honest government.

Hold on, because there's MORE of this crap ...

I am supposed to believe that outsourcing American jobs, under-funding our educational system, and plunging the country deeper into debt with every passing day will lead to a stronger, more competitive nation in the years to come.

I am supposed to believe that the same people who left NOLA to drown, who refuse to secure our borders, who refuse to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, and who initiate policies that incite anger and violence the world over are protecting my country from harm.

I am supposed to believe that an Administration whose policies make basic medical care and life-saving drugs unaffordable for millions of Americans is pro-life.

I am supposed to believe that elected representatives who voted for the Bankruptcy Bill, tax breaks for wealthy individuals, and tax subsidies for multi-billion dollar corporations are looking out for their constituents.

Along with all of the above, I am also supposed to believe that selling authority over our ports to foreign nations, selling our national lands to private interests, and selling our children's future by burdening them with debt for decades to come is in the best interests of our country.

Drum roll, please -- here's the BIG FINALE ...

I am supposed to believe it is safe to board an airplane with a hold full of uninspected cargo as long as no passengers are in possession of baby formula, that a group of men in Britain were about to take down ten airliners without tickets or passports, that seven men in Miami were going to blow up buildings in cities they didn't have the money to get to, that one lone guy in New York was going to take down the Brooklyn Bridge with a blow-torch, that if we leave Iraq every terrorist in the world is going to come to the US and fight us in the malls and the supermarkets, that the 'Liberal media' simply forgets to cover the lies, cover-ups and corruption of this Administration and its party members, that voting for a Democrat in Connecticut sends shockwaves of unbridled encouragement throughout the Muslim world, that a bunch of PNAC members whose predictions have been proven totally wrong in every instance should be dictating policy to my government, that our military isn't stretched too thin and they are just recalling those who have already fulfilled their duty because they've got too much time on their hands, and that George W. Bush spends his summers reading CAMUS and SHAKESPEARE.

Oh, if only I were GULLIBLE, ILL-INFORMED, EASILY LED and TOTALLY STUPID - what a FINE Bush supporter I would have made!

Posted by: mmh | August 28, 2006 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Interesting billboard in Crawford Texas. Here is a copy of the Waco News:

Texas group pushes Rice for president in 2008
By Noelene Clark
COX NEWS SERVICE
McGREGOR, Texas -- A group of central Texans calling themselves "Condistas" hope their new billboard convinces Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to run for president in 2008.

Jessie Jane Duff, national chairwoman of Americans for Dr. Rice, told about 30 people gathered alongside U.S. Highway 84 Saturday that the McGregor billboard is the first of many the group plans to erect across the country.

The group hopes the billboard, rented until at least October, will be visible from Rice's motorcade and President Bush's helicopter. Bush and Rice are meeting this weekend at Bush's 1,600-acre ranch near Crawford, not far from McGregor.

Rice has frequently expressed interest in becoming the next commissioner of the National Football League after her White House tenure ends.

Duff told supporters, many of whom wore "I like Condi" buttons, that their movement to "draft a president" was the first of its kind since President Dwight Eisenhower's election in 1952.

Area resident Valerie Duty, an outspoken Bush supporter who led counterprotests during peace activist Cindy Sheehan's monthlong demonstration in Crawford last summer, said she is helping to garner support for Rice.

"I've met her, and I think she'd be an awesome president," Duty said. "She needs to know there are millions of people across the country who support her."

Posted by: Julie Thompson/ Florida | August 8, 2006 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Tina - maybe Dr. Rice should concentrate on performing her CURRENT JOB before we discuss her as a presidential candidate. My critique of Condi, which you dub "complaining," stems from the fact that she's played an integral role in creating and implementing this administration's failed and dangerous foreign policy.

If you are here to debate, then please explain to me how her PERFORMANCE as secretary of state qualifies her for anything other than dismissal?

Posted by: Colin | August 8, 2006 4:51 PM | Report abuse

What the hell are we supposed to get out of Anthony Newbill's rant? INCOHERANT MESS. If you don't have anything to say don't post it.

In regards to Clinton's "awful" track record on foreign policy I suppose the whole Isreali ME situation is heads and tails above the 90's. Did Limbaugh sneak some Oxy in your kool-aid? Winning hearts and minds with a bannana clip is blowing back up in our faces. Democratic regimes with "former" terrorists...oh great I feel safe. Stay the course approve the estate tax and watch the middle class slip into poverty. Real Smart

Posted by: mike | August 8, 2006 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Liberal Connecticut views are not what most of America stands for. The Washington Post suggest that the Connecticut Democratic Primary will show the course of how American voters will vote in November. Polls are overated, they take a minute sampling of the population and expect the results to reflect what voters will do. I expect Leiberman to win by a large margin.

Posted by: David | August 8, 2006 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I am only dedicated to Condi.

The Dems don't like her, not a surprise.

The liberals want to attack Condi, again, not a surprise.

But I find it to amazing that CNN is giving Cindy Sheehan air time for being in Crawford and as far as I know, CNN is not reporting anything about the Condi Billboard which is located on the only decent highway to Crawford. Each and every reporter, camera person, or anti-war protestor who is going to Crawford is going to be going by the sign. NOW THAT IS NEWSWORTHY.
I come in here to debate issues, and expressed a strong firm support for so many women in politics, which includes Democrats as well. Women are full partners today in creating laws, enforcing laws, and helping to govern our states and our nation.
So badmouthing Condi is a typical ploy by the Dems who offer nothing else by complaints.
Anyway, you can see the Crawford Texas billboard at www.4condi.com
Thank you Washington Post for allowing free speech in this blog.

Posted by: Tina | August 8, 2006 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Tina's just setting up jumping ship on Condi, and going over to Rell.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | August 8, 2006 10:56 AM | Report abuse

It's a little goofy that the comments on a story about the Connecticut governor's race are mostly about Condoleezza Rice, but I had a little to add. I like her fairly well, based on what little I know about her own mind, and I don't really hold it against her that most of what we hear her say parrots Bush's ridiculous foreign policy. That said, I have little reason to believe she'll be running for higher office in the future, and even less reason to believe she would have any chance of getting the GOP nomination for President. I have a strong suspicion that if pressed to take stands on areas of interest other than foreign policy, she would be well out of the Conservative line necessary to be nominated (same goes for Colin Powell). It's also, I believe, why she strongly denies any ambition for higher office. I could see her as a Senator or Governor someday, but I doubt the GOPpers would ever nominate her for President, which is a shame. She'd be their first decent nominee in decades.

Posted by: Staley | August 8, 2006 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Just like Zell Miller , Joe Lieberman is starting to realize that his extreme side of the party is spinning out into Never never land , and in order to do what is the Best for his country he is having to drive out of the foggy left side of the road so he can stay focused on the road to fix the problems that were the direct result of Clinton Administration Foreign Policy in the 1990s that sat on their asses and did not stay engaged in Middleastern UN policy to combate the hatered that was allowed to spin out of control . The Government should be constantly engaged in Pro Exceptance of all ways of life , so Hatered for one over the other ways of life are not used by Tyrants to spin hatered through people to gain support for their ideals to rule useing hatered . If Clinton Administrators were doing so good during the 1990s then why did the hatered grow in the Middleast and span the globe to wipe out the west ???????????????

Posted by: Anthony Newbill | August 8, 2006 10:10 AM

Posted by: Anthony Newbill | August 8, 2006 10:16 AM | Report abuse

FOr the record, Rell has dropped from the stratosphere of 81% approval in Feb. to a more earthly yet still formidible 69% in the latest Survey USA approval tracking (the first time she has dropped below 70% all year).

I have little doubt she will win in a walk regardless of the Dem challenger chosen today.

Posted by: RMill | August 8, 2006 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Marlborough. That takes me back to the days of driving down route 2 and stopping off at the 7-Eleven down there. I digress.

I respect Jodi Rell. That said she is for campaign finance reform and pro-choice. That's the same as Janet Napolitano of Arizona. Heck, Rell's for civil unions. In most states politicians who hold Rell's positions are Democrats. Which is instructive because cultural divide issues are making it more challenging for northeast republicans at the federal level.

Posted by: Gaines | August 8, 2006 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Rice has done a bang-up job for peace the way Hurricane Katrina did a bang-up job of cleaning the streets of New Orleans.

Posted by: Mark Hayden | August 8, 2006 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Who wrote that press release? Condi has done such a bang-up job over the past 5 years.

Posted by: Terry Green | August 8, 2006 3:01 AM | Report abuse

>>>Gov. Jodi Rell is a strong leader, and so is Secretary of State Condi.

Hitler was a strong leader too, so was Saddam. What's your point?

>>>If you watched the press conference today, Condi stood shoulder to shoulder next to President Bush, just like a VP.

Wow. She can STAND. Elect her!!! Must be those $1000 shoes she bought while New Orleans was drowning.

But oh yeah, nevermind the fact that she has been completely bypassed in the drive to secure peace between Israel and Lebanon. And she's done SUCH a great job with the other minor conflict going on right now... Starts with an "I", $250M per day, ~2600 dead soldiers. Oh yeah, Iraq. Are the American taxpayers really paying her so she can stand there and do nothing? Cushy job!

Posted by: F&B | August 7, 2006 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I get to be the first comment, so I will stand up for Gov. Jodi Rell as a strong Republican woman with over 70% job approval. She was Lt. Gov, and under her leadership, has been taking care of the state's business in a way which is accepted by the voters. Jodi is one of 8 women who are governors at this time, the others are in Hawaii, Delaware, Kansas, Arizona, Michigan, Louisiana. and Washington. So many women are in political office today, it is really exciting regardless of political party. Over 65 women in the House, and 14 in the Senate, again, a point to celebrate since they are working hand in hand with the men to take care of our nation.

HERE IT COMES, and it is going to be interesting in 2008 to see Condi Rice as a contender for the White House. Whether she wins or not, she will be like Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm and Elizabeth Dole in being equal to the task of running. This time I think Condi has what it takes to win the nomination and get elected.

There is a billboard in Texas, next to the Crawford road paid for by "Americans for Dr. Rice". Mike Fletcher in covering the Western White House and it would be interesting to read a story by him about the billboard. I hope he decides to cover this because every reporter who goes to Crawford will be passing by it. It would be great to read their responses, because reporters talk about stuff like that when political groups advertise on TV, radio and even on billboards. It gets out the message and www.4condi.com has been buzzing ever since the press conference on Saturday. The Waco Tribune-Herald wrote a great story too.

Gov. Jodi Rell is a strong leader, and so is Secretary of State Condi. If you watched the press conference today, Condi stood shoulder to shoulder next to President Bush, just like a VP. Now that would be a history moment if she was VP in 2007, (heaven forbid that anything happened to Cheney, but Condi could fill the job just fine.

If Hillary wants to run, fine with me. The more the merrier in the game of politics.

Posted by: Tina | August 7, 2006 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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