Anti-Bush Campaign Planned: Cost $8.5 Million
Anti-Bush Campaign Planned
By Jim Kuhnhenn
A liberal advocacy group plans to spend $8.5 million in a drive to make sure President Bush's public approval doesn't improve as his days in the White House come to an end.
Americans United for Change plans to undertake a yearlong campaign, spending the bulk of the money on advertising, to keep public attention on what the group says are the failures of the Bush administration, including the war in Iraq, the response to Hurricane Katrina, and the current mortgage crisis.
In selling the plan to fundraisers, the group has argued that support for President Reagan was at a low of 42 percent in 1987 but climbed to 63 percent before he left office. "All of a sudden he became a rallying cry for conservatives and their ideology,'' said Brad Woodhouse, president of the group. "Progressives are still living with that.''
The group is a nonprofit corporation that made a splash by airing ads against Bush's plans to overhaul Social Security in 2005. The group has conducted polls and focus groups and is now raising money for their anti-Bush effort. It gave a Power Point presentation to representatives of about 30 liberal and labor organizations last week.
It plans to announce the campaign at a press conference Thursday afternoon during a forum featuring liberal critics of the administration. It also aims to air its first ad in advance of Bush's State of the Union speech on Monday.
Woodhouse said one goal is to make sure Bush does not enjoy a resurgence in public approval toward the end of his presidency that could help Republican congressional candidates and the Republican presidential nominee in this year's elections.
"Framing his legacy helps us in the '08 elections, there is no doubt about that,'' Woodhouse said. "But our principal mission would be defining the failures of Bush and the ideology he represents.''
Imagine all the good things to which this money could be put--rather than simply another spell of BDS. If you just want to ensure a good campaign against the other side, there are thousands of positive things you can do, productive ways you can get your message out. Even though none of the Republican candidates has even mentioned President Bush and his agenda, these people still think it's all about him. They'll do anything they can to tarnish his legacy.