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George Bush The Republicans' Best Asset?

Reported by Ellen - March 30, 2006

Conservative author Hugh Hewitt, on Hannity & Colmes last night (3/29/06) to hype his new book about how to create a permanent Republican majority, never seemed like a dope to me. Wrong-headed and mean-spirited, yes, but not dopey. I'm beginning to reconsider after hearing him say last night that the Republicans' best asset in 2006 is George W. Bush.

“We’re in the fourth quarter of a four-quarter ball game," Hewitt said at the beginning of the interview. "The president’s won 2000, 2002 and 2004.” He claimed “we could win seats” but not with the policies and the inertia seen now. “The best asset they have is George W. Bush because George W. Bush remains the motivator and he remains right on the war - if he gets out there and argues that this is a war referendum... And if the Republicans rally around him... they'll win."

Alan Colmes pointed out that Bush has been on TV “more than Hannity & I are” and that his approval ratings have remained low. “He might be one of the best weapons DEMOCRATS have.”

Bob Beckel, the other guest, was at the top of his game last night. Beckel echoed Colmes' sentiments. “A national campaign rallying around George Bush at 40% is a DISASTER for the Republicans. DISASTER.”

Colmes cited a new Gallup poll showing that more Americans consider themselves Democrats than Republicans now. “Issue by issue, Americans tend to favor Democrats over Republicans.”

Beckel added that if you look at the web pages of marginal House and Senate candidates, “You know the one thing you don’t see on any of them is George Bush.”

Hewitt replied, “That’s why they’re losing.” He claimed Bush's poll numbers “are coming up as he makes that case.”

But when Alan Colmes demanded to know where Bush's numbers are back up, Hewitt admitted, “They’re not up yet. They’re coming.”

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