GOP Senators Love W: In Their Own Words
With W's approval ratings in the gutter all around the country, the DSCC put out a fun release chronicling GOP Senators' love of Bush 43:
Coleman (MN): Norm Coleman said himself that he wouldn’t be in the U.S. Senate without Bush’s support during the 2002 campaign. Described as “a protégé of Bush” and “a strong Bush partisan,” Coleman said in 2003 that God answers prayers by providing leadership, “and we have that in George W. Bush.” [Star Tribune, 1/8/03; The Forward, 3/28/03; Star Tribune, 4/18/03; Pioneer Press, 1/16/07]I know that it's probably not fair to hold a Republican Senator accountable for comments he or she made months and months ago, but, for those who care about such things, have at it. Whether they like it or not, their support for Bush and his mismanagement and his failures are significant parts of their individual records. They will try to run from it and distance themselves from it, but it is their crosses to bear.
Sununu (NH): As the son of the first President Bush’s top aide, John Sununu has reminisced about meeting George W. Bush at the family compound in Kennebunkport. After his own Senate victory in 2002, Sununu cited the importance of Bush’s support to his campaign, saying, “having the President visiting the state helps to get voters more focused on the election and the campaign.” Sununu added that, “on a lot of issues,” he and Bush were “likely to agree.” [Union Leader, 3/1/03]
Smith (OR): Gordon Smith, who has referred to President Bush as “my friend, Oregon's friend,” chaired Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns in the state. [FDCH Political Transcripts, 1/5/02; The Oregonian, 1/2/01; AP, 10/8/04]
Collins (ME): Susan Collins has referred to Bush as an “outstanding commander in chief,” saying in 2004 that she and Bush were “on the same track.” [Roll Call, 5/20/02; New York Times, 8/10/04]
Dole (NC): From 2002, when Bush headlined numerous campaign events for Dole through today, Dole has repeatedly referred to Bush as “our great president,” describing him as “a man of vision and ideas.” [News & Record, 10/25/02; The Chronicle, 1/24/07; Dole Media Availability, 10/20/06; ABC, “This Week,” 11/13/05]
McConnell (KY): As the Senate GOP leader, McConnell is “fighting Bush’s battles” in the Senate on issues like the troop escalation in Iraq and Social Security privatization. Just last year, McConnell praised Bush as “one of the great presidents in the history of the United States.” [Washington Times, 3/1/07; NBC, “Meet the Press,” 3/6/05; Washington Post, 3/12/06]