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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: What? An Election Year?

“Whether President Bush is talking about a get-tough border policy or the importance of judicial restraint — he discussed both Thursday — he is sure to throw in an appeal these days to wavering conservative supporters.
Bush and his aides are playing up items such as tighter borders and judges who ‘administer the law’ rather than make it, seeking to reconnect with conservative Republicans whose support has shrunk in recent polls — and whose votes will be critical in this fall's congressional elections.
Bush used to be able to count on overwhelming support from Republicans and conservatives, but the Iraq war and a variety of other issues have eroded that backing.
A May 5-7 USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found Bush's approval among Republicans at 68%, down from 85% in early January. Among conservatives — who also include some Democrats and independents — Bush's support fell to 52%, from 73% in January.”
-USA Today, June 1, 2006

“Hmm.. Things are getting tough for Dubya. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are really wearing away at his approval ratings. The enemies there are kind of hard to beat. Too many variables, too many weapons, and too much ingrained hatred at this point for the American military. It’s hard work. Gosh, I wish we had an enemy that wasn’t so difficult. Maybe some dirt poor, desperate, and unarmed group that we could blame for things and then ‘beat’. And golly, it sure would be nice if they were an immediate ‘threat’ to the Homeland. Ideally we’d want to be able to recognize them easily too (and no, using gold stars will not work)… We don’t want to confuse the base. Where can we find those people?”

“President Bush spoke on national TV night and called for 6,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to the U.S.-Mexican border. We looking at the growing militarization of the border and the role private contractors, like Halliburton, are playing.”
-Democracy Now!, May 16, 2006

“Unfortunately this doesn’t play so well in some areas.. You see, Hispanics make up an increasingly large portion of the population, and all of this border-bashing kind of sounds a little.. you know.. racist.”

“Hispanic voters, many of whom responded favorably to President Bush's campaign appeals emphasizing patriotism, family and religious values in Spanish-language media in 2004, are turning away from the administration on immigration and a host of other issues, according to a new survey.”
-Washington Post, May 21, 2006

“It appears that things are not going too well for Fearless Leader. He needs a different topic that he can rally his base around. Some topic that he can pull out for the coming election this fall to show ‘his’ people that he is still one of them, despite betraying them on his economic policies and just about everything else. Something that proves he’s still one of the ‘tough guys’. I know! Let’s play another round of that old conservative favorite: Smear the Queer!”

“President Bush will promote a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Monday, the eve of a scheduled Senate vote on the cause that is dear to his conservative backers.
The amendment would prohibit states from recognizing same-sex marriages. To become law, the proposal would need two-thirds support in the Senate and House, and then be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures.
It stands little chance of passing the 100-member Senate, where proponents are struggling to get even 50 votes. Several Republicans oppose the measure, and so far only one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, says he will vote for it.”
-Associated Press, June 1, 2006

“Ah yes, after a year and a half of quietly dropping his militant stance against homosexuals, Bush has decided, just coincidentally, that an election year would be a good time to bring up that most dire of threats to American Freedom ™: Gay People. Thank Goddess we don’t have anything else to worry about.”

“Two bombs struck in quick succession at a pet market Friday morning in central Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 57, police said.”
-Associated Press, June 2, 2006


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