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With Friends Like These... (english)
01 Oct 2003
Modified: 09:20:44 PM
Hell, if a Libertarian like me can stick up for George W Bush after federalizing airport security, certainly members of his own party can!
With Friends Like These...
Thomas Lindaman, American Daily, 10/01/03

Republicans, can I have a word with you? I've been watching President Bush make his case before the nation and the world time and time again regarding the fact that Iraq has or had weapons of mass destruction. I have also watched as Republican after Republican have started running before cameras and microphones to talk about how badly things are going in Iraq.

Let me be blunt. You're not helping.

This isn't a new thing, either. Republicans split with the President on almost a daily basis on everything from foreign policy to the length and width of his tie. And if everything's not done precisely as John Q. Republican wants it to be, Bush gets blind-sided by a member of his own party. Do you know how bad that looks?

And it's starting to have an effect on Bush's poll numbers. Newsmax magazine astutely pointed out that when Bush appears in control of the agenda, his poll numbers go up. Likewise, when he seems to be more confused than Al Gore trying to remember which version he is on any given day, his poll numbers go down. Guess what all your sniping is doing, kids! You're turning Bush into the bastard son of Jerry Ford and Jerry Lewis with a little bit of Jerry Reed mixed in to give it a southern feel.

At this point, I have to recognize that not all Republicans are bashing Bush for not holding Laura's hand when he crosses the street. Many Republicans I've seen are solidly behind the President, and with good reason. Bush has been maligned so many times, you'd think Bill Clinton was back in office and Rupert Murdoch owned all the networks. The grassroots Republicans are doing their best and fending off the worst of the anti-Bush charges with humor, information, and conviction.

Unfortunately, they seem to be the only ones fighting for Bush.

There's always been at least some level of disconnect between the national GOP and the lower tiers of the party, but this is getting insane! I've defended Bush more since the start of the second Persian Gulf war than a good number of national Republicans, and I didn't even vote for the man! I would expect more higher level Republicans to go to bat for their guy, but most are happy riding the pine in the dugout, not wanting to step up to the plate and give the President a rest.

This is one of the things that drove me from the Republican Party in 1998: the lack of support for members, whether leading the pack or in trouble. Take Newt Gingrich, for example. The Contract With America was a brilliant idea and many of the ideas were solid. Yet when Newt was in trouble and needed a little help keeping the momentum for it up, no one ran with the opportunity. It was Newt and Newt alone, and the national GOP seemed content to let their best political strategy in ages go the way of Yahoo Serious.

The same thing happened with the House Managers during Clinton's impeachment trial. Senate Republicans like Trent Lott and Arlen Spector seemed embarassed to have to deal with impeachment, so they did everything they could to hamstring the House Managers. David Schippers had it right with the title of his book: Sellout. Lott sold out his own party, for what reason I have no idea. But it played right into the Democrats' hands and Clinton walked away with a slap on the wrist from the Senate.

And now it's happening again with George W. Bush. I'm not saying that you should run right out and blindly follow the man. After all, he did wave at Stevie Wonder once. What I am saying is that the GOP needs to show some backbone and a willingness to take on the anti-Bush propaganda, on the war with Iraq and elsewhere. Right now Bush needs your support more than ever, and I don't mean a "We're behind you, President Bush" left on the President's voice mail. I'm talking about action, boys! Put your mugs on television and proudly proclaim, "I'm a Republican and I support the President."

Hell, if a Libertarian like me can stick up for W after federalizing airport security, certainly members of his own party can!

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Thomas Lindaman is a columnist and editor for CommonConservative.com. He holds a Masters degree in Mass Communication from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a Bachelors degree in English with a minor in Journalism from the University of NorthernIowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He lives in Des Moines where he works for a mortgage company.
See also:
http://www.americandaily.com/item/2876
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Pro-Republican is allowed on IndyMedia. (english)
01 Oct 2003
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Let's see if anti-Republican is allowed.
A question for Thomas Lindaman. (english)
01 Oct 2003
Modified: 04 Oct 2003
How can you call yourself a libertarian while supporting a president that has destroyed the Constitution, provoked a war, has a policy of constant foreign intervention, and has increased government spending beyond imagination? Does tribalism have anything to do with your support for Bush?
Libertarians are one wing of GOP (english)
01 Oct 2003
"I'm not saying that you should run right out and blindly follow the man. After all, he did wave at Stevie Wonder once. What I am saying is that the GOP needs to show some backbone and a willingness to take on the anti-Bush propaganda, on the war with Iraq and elsewhere."
See also:
http://www.rlc.org/?p=FAQ#4884