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The First Two Years

To the previous post, Kate responded:

"Yikes! And he has three more years yet."

True. And who knows where he goes from here? It may well depend largely on how Iraq transitions, how long how many troops are needed, and many other things....But I think this number also does come from folks realizing that much of Bush's second term agenda, really hasn't been about them.

Polls keep showing how outside of his base, independents view nation wide is as negative towards Bush's performance as are the Democrats.

And the ability for Democrats to highlight how Bush's Social Security privatization, environmental efforts and tax policies REALLY have, the better. Specifically Democrats strong stance on Social Security has been heartening to me.

And these first two years of his term will be crucial ones.

If you remember back to 2000, when Bush was speaking to a room of wealthy donors:
The New York Times quoted him:

"I'm going to come out strong after my swearing in," Bush said, "with fundamental tax reform, tort reform, privatizing of Social Security." The victories he expects in November, he said, will give us "two years, at least, until the next midterm. We have to move quickly, because after that I'll be quacking like a duck."


Dems should be finding common ground where we can, but we must also be showing how large parts of the Bush agenda for what they are: bad for our poor, bad for our elderly, bad for our environment, bad for our security, and bad for our economy. And when the time is right, we should be proposing better alternatives.

And Bush being in the mid to low 40's approval levels is a sign that people are seeing Bush's performance and agenda for what it is.

This helps for battles in Congress, where folks may be less anxious to allign with those policies given the poll results showing the strong view from across the nation -- from everyone that isn't a partisan Republican -- that we are on the "wrong track."

And the first two years are crucial.
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8/19/2005 10:56:00 AM

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