THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

Break Time

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on May 22, 2008

There is no question that President George W. Bush is unpopular.  He seems to set a new record for low approval ratings each time a poll is released.  The question for Republicans is whether the President’s unpopularity is contagious. 

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain certainly seems to be keeping arms length from the president and is quick to respond when Democratic candidates Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton attempt to attach McCain to the term limited president.  Despite not being seen with the President in quite some time McCain will use the president’s popularity with the party’s base to raise much needed campaign funds this weekend. 

Beyond fundraising can the President help McCain or the party in November?  According to a memo obtained by Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire no:

“…The memo explores the reasons that the Republican brand is at such a low standing and essentially concludes that Democrats have successfully equated President Bush with the word Republican very much as the Democrats did with Herbert Hoover and the Republican Party.  The authors argue that unless House Republican leaders visibly break from the President, the Party will be in the minority for the next ten years and could lose between twenty to thirty House seats…”

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