Bush’s appearance in Florida yesterday, as well as his travels across the country today, while not out of the ordinary for a presidential campaign, had the flavor of an underdog candidate seeking to create some artificial momentum for a campaign that some insiders think has stalled.
“They are trying to get the president into a rhythm,” says an adviser to the campaign. “The president is great at these swings across the country. It energizes him and gets him focused.”
It isn’t lost on some campaign staff that this is one of the first trips that features the presence of Bush confidante Karen Hughes. “We needed her six weeks ago,” says a campaign staffer. “But we’re still confident that this campaign is doing what needs to be done on every level to ensure re-election. The media can spin whatever it wants, but we’re going to win this thing. We have to.”p> POLITICAL INDIGESTION br> Reporters traveling with Sen. John Edwards didn’t put up a fight when they were essentially thrown out of the meeting between the candidate and the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council in Chicago at the Drake Hotel. /p>
Reporters on Monday were allowed to see Edwards given a standing ovation by the union bosses, then were quickly escorted out of the room before Edwards began his remarks.
According to union insiders, Edwards promised an administration that would be pro-organized labor, and one that would hit the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?