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Reuters: “Bush” Is Dirty Word For GOP

After years of trying to make the word "Republican" a dirty word, our one party media tells us they have succeeded.

From Reuters:

Nita Lowey (D-NY) (R) and Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) (C) are introduced to four-month-old Tsunami survivor Abilass Jeyarajahin this March 9, 2005 file photo. For Shays, and other Republicans running for Congress in Democratic-leaning or swing districts in November, playing down their party label and playing up their independence has become a matter of political survival in a year when ‘Bush’ can be a dirty word.

Endangered Republicans play down party label

Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:47 AM ET

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent

STAMFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) – Republican Rep. Christopher Shays cites his differences with President George W. Bush, produces a chart outlining his moderate voting record and pledges his independence from party leaders in Congress.

His Connecticut colleague, Republican Rep. Rob Simmons, says working with Democrats comes naturally in a district where voters favored Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry over Bush by 10 percentage points in 2004.

For Shays, Simmons and other Republicans running for Congress in Democratic-leaning or swing districts in November, playing down their party label and playing up their independence has become a matter of political survival in a year when "Bush" can be a dirty word.

"This would not be a close election if George Bush was popular. This would not be a close election if there wasn’t a war in Iraq," said Shays, who is embroiled in a tight race with Democrat Dianne Farrell.

"The president isn’t doing well, and that’s hurting me," the 19-year House veteran, who distances himself from Bush but enthusiastically supports the Iraq war, told Reuters." …

In 2004 Shays barely beat Farrell by less than four percentage points. And Shays is hardly a poster boy for Republicans.

But Reuters uses his plight to further their demonization of Republicans, the war in Iraq and of course President Bush.

Funny, I don’t recall much talk of impeached and scandal-ridden Bill Clinton ever being a dirty word.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 15th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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