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Heads up on upcoming White House points for Fox to hammer

Reported by Chrish - November 28, 2005

Chris Wallace had as guests on Fox News Sunday 11/27/05 pollsters Doug Schoen and Whit Ayres, discussing what can and should be done to help Bush's poll numbers. Predictably, neither suggested that Bush come clean with the American people about his conduct and incompetence during his first term and beg forgiveness, then resign. They did, however, suggest some postures he could take and some topics to keep hammering to keep our minds off the bad trends all around us.

Wallace asked both what Bush needs to do to turn things around and admonished them "no spin".

Comment: Please swallow your coffee now.

Schoen said Bush needs to govern from the center. Cast aside the partisan rhetoric! Create a bi-partisan agenda for domestic issues!

Comment: This was said in all earnestness but it makes me think Mr. Schoen has not been paying attention. Bush cannot be not partisan and thinks Zell Miller is a centrist.

Schoen also said that Bush needs to strengthen the security apparatus and democratic institutions in Iraq and weaken the insurgency. Wallace replied that that last one's easy to say, that's what Bush would say he's trying to do. Schoen's last piece of advice, which will also be ignored by Bush, is to clean house and get some new people in the administration.

Ayres then gave his opinion: 1. There must be good news out of Iraq; "good elections" in December. 2. "We" must narrow the gap between the perception of the economy and the reality (i.e. bad perception vs. good reality) 3. We've got to have a smooth implementation of the Medicare drug program, so 6 months from now seniors think it's a good program, and 4. we've got to make progress on illegal immigration; there's a sense that the border is out of control.

Comment: Sounds like a list for super-Fox! These items are all vague enough that there only needs to be a shift in perception or thinking, which can be altered by repetition of talking points. We'll look for these areas to be covered by Fox in a positive and administration-friendly manner.

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