August 28, 2006

Republican congressional candidates distancing selves from Bush; “hardly know the man”

Posted in Congress, political satire at 5:38 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Paula Berrer

Increasingly tenuous re-election challenges for some high profle congressmen are leading to distancing from President Bush, with some candidates saying “I hardly know the man.”  Senator Mike DeWine, in a particularly tight campign against a Democratic challenger, tried to play it very close to the vest when reporters asked him to respond to challenges that he is a “rubber stamp” for priorities of President George W. Bush. “George who?” he coyly posited to reporters.  “I have no idea who Mr. Brown is speaking of.”  

Republican strategist Karl Rove, speaking off-the-record, said such startegies are not unusual in off election year cycles, but expressed his usual confidence in Bush as chief executive, saying “The congressmen will come around again, especially after we can get around to using the bully pulpit to scare the shit out of our base again.”

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