i can't wait
The Washington Post:
President Bush has postponed his reelection campaign until after a war with Iraq, but White House and Republican Party strategists have begun planning for a contest in which they envision raising as much as $250 million to wage a battle designed to break the political stalemate of the 1990s and make the GOP the country's majority party.
Notice how this article implies that Bush seems to be counting on a post-war bounce in popularity. Hmmm.
I for one say, bring it on! Although much could change in two years, Bush's approval numbers have been sliding, and his re-elect numbers are currently encouragingly soft. It's also worth keeping mind that Bush lost the popular vote in 2000, and this time he won't be able to run as an unknown quantity, getting by on his
smirk personality. The questions for the electorate are going to be the same as always: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Even if the economy begins turning around right now--a process that depends largely on consumer spending, and far from a sure bet--the answer for many is going to be "no." It remains to be seen how this phenomenon will translate into votes, of course. And no doubt, a number of partisan Republicans are going to vote for Bush no matter what. But a sizable number of swing voters may well wonder exactly why George Deficit Bush deserves another term in office.