Thursday, January 24, 2008

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.


Anonymous cassie said...

Wow, Bush hatred is worth 8.5 million? Whew, who knew it ran so deep - and that they were so unhinged?

10:02 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

It is petty, childish and silly. A perfect example of derangement and it's pathetic results.
These people desperately need a well as, probably, a bath!


5:21 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

Cassie, you said it! Just how much money is BDS worth?

Yep, that's a pretty big waste of money! But isn't that what Dems do best?

Merry Widow, I like your word for it...pathetic.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of like the millions Scairfe put up to fund wingnut welfare groups to hunt for all of Clintons murder victims, right?

You guys are so funny, it is kind of endearing how naive you are... At least politically.

- Les

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even Noonan is saying that Bush has destroyed the Republican party. Some legacy, eh?

10:34 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES, first of all, Mr. Naive,his name is spelled Richard Mellon Scaife... Second, what one man chooses to spend his personal fortune upon is one thing. (And if Bill Clinton has questionable deaths in his admin. SHOULDN'T they be investigated?)

This libby group is bilking folks to discredit a President's legacy solely for the reason of--not justice for any supposed victims--but simply to discredit his legacy. In other words, simply for revenge. That's not very dignified, now is it, Lessy? (Just like your leaving the c-word post on my blog and posting in 20 different names, and playing Net Nanny.)

You Lefties are all the same.

2:10 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

P.S All of us on the Right acknowledge that ol' Peggy has a touch of BDS, so we take her columns with a huge grain of salt anymore. She was Reagan's speecher, so that's her hero. If she doesn't think George measures up, she's entitled to her own opinion--it has nothing to do with anyone's 'legacy'.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Sonny Lykos said...

Merry said it best. I have always said liberals are really children in grown up bodies. This GWB crap is like a child saying: "If I can't have the marbles, then I'll break them all so no one can have them."

They also represent the man who murders his girlfriend after she breaks up with him - so no one else can have her.

They are sick people. Their best and closest friend lies in one word: "rationalize". For everything they say and so.

2:36 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

True enough, Sonny--from both of you. Yes, dependent children.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

That website you find so objectional is created and funded by people like you and your readers. Clinton haters. Will you denounce them for that site?

[crickets chirping]

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just out of curiosity, how many names do you use at DU? I have counted at least 3 you use to bait people to paste their comments over here.

Kind of like a murderer who kills her boyfriend so nobody can have her... (man, where does that logic come from Sonny... get some help dude)

6:54 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LESSY, LESSY, LESSY--DU tracks IP's so, no, I am registered currently at DU under ONE name. People--esp. those of us that get thrown off rather often--cannot post in more than one name. I have NEVER posted at any site in more than one name. I NEVER use the 3-4-5 names that you do--NONE of my posters do, except you.

Secondly, don't put crickets chirping--or other snidities--in your posts unless you've fairly given us a chance to answer you overnight. Anything else will be removed; as official Site Pest, you are under rules others don't have to follow.

Thirdly, I know nothing about the vulgar site you posted on my blog. I have no way of knowing who--Right OR Left--who may have started it. For all I know, a Leftwinger started it to make US look bad (that's what a DUer would say about us.)

On the off-chance that a rightwinger DID start it, I would object to it solely on the grounds that it is vulgar towards women, as well as being tasteless and low-rent. Of course, given Hillary's low ratings among Lefties, you always have to take a chance that one of YOU all put it up after all.

8:27 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

P.S. LESSY, don't even THINK you'll be allowed to insult my respected posters here by telling them to 'get help' or some such other 'witticism'--and don't accuse me again of 'baiting' anybody at DU. I 'bait' no one; I ask straightforward questions and print the answers I get verbatim. I am not responsible for their train of thought or 'rationale'.

If I ask them 'what would you do if the USA was attacked with a nuclear bomb?' and they say 'nothing'--to call it baiting, you'll have to PROVE it brought out an unfair or misleading response that did not fairly represent their position. Then you'll have to prove what their true position is. If you can do that, I'll accept the label of baiting.

8:36 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Of course, LES, you WILL need to ask youself why--out of all the supposedly 'Hillary-haters' here (Rightwingers) YOU were the only one to have posted the C-word website. If we're as bad as you say we are I should have been the first to feature it, or one of my posters should have posted it in glee. Instead, it was YOU who disseminated it best and first.

Think about THAT.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's both good and bad.
These people are so totally hateful deranged that they care not a WHIT for what's good and right, they'll get theirs.
The good side? This is money they won't spend getting a socialist elected.


4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These sweaty-palmed weirdo lefties use R.M.S. as a bogey man, yet they ignore the fact that Soros spends 20 times more undermining America through leftist organizations.


4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to see you denounce that hateful wingnut hate site.

(The rest of your post has been deleted; you need to stay on topic.)

3:36 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LES--More WebManners 101: This blog is not a LeftwingNut dumping ground for every crackpot idea or group you wish to mention. I don't know the group to which you were referring--and I don't have to justify or denounce everything that happens to identify itself as agreeing with some of the politics here.

Unless you see me tout a particular group that has done reprehensible things, don't expect to hijack the thread and have us address it. Clear?

3:40 PM  

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