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Human Torch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:57 AM
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MSNBC: N. Korea nuke test "provides Republicans with some relief"
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Posted: Monday, October 09, 2006 9:06 AM by Huma Zaidi

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com /

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Twenty-nine days before election day... Before the news broke of North Korea's nuclear test, it had been hard to imagine what events might pop up over the next four weeks to provide Republicans with some relief from the negative storylines of the Foley scandal and Iraq, where the rate of US troop casualties has shot up. Voters continue to call Iraq their top issue for the midterm elections, and the Foley scandal eclipsed last week's stock market highs and gas price and unemployment lows.

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The news out of North Korea, bad as it might be for the Administration's diplomatic efforts there, returns Bush to the bully pulpit -- he'll make a statement at 9:45 am -- and may help Republicans return the focus to the more favorable, broader security debate. For example, Republicans occasionally hit certain Democrats for opposing a missile defense shield. But the ongoing House Ethics Committee and Justice Department probes will keep the Foley scandal in the news.

The White House and GOP leadership continue to stand behind Speaker Dennis Hastert, with President Bush scheduled to appear with Hastert at an open-press fundraising event in Chicago on Thursday. Political observers are watching for signs that the scandal has hurt the party's midterm election outlook on two levels -- in national public opinion surveys, and through less obvious but equally crucial blows to party fundraising and turnout efforts. The latest Newsweek Poll has Bush's job approval rating at 33% and Democrats leading Republicans on the generic congressional ballot test by 12 points among adults. The poll also finds that more than half of those surveyed think Hastert was aware of Foley's behavior and covered it up. The better clues, though, will come from polls of likely voters, which is where real signs of disillusionment among the GOP base would show up.

Bush's event with Hastert on Thursday isn't the only damage-control effort on his schedule this week. He'll also meet with the head of the Southern Baptist Convention at the White House on Wednesday. Per its website, the organization declares that homosexuality "is not a 'valid alternative lifestyle'... It is not, however, unforgivable sin. The same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals."



NBC News Political Unit Researcher Huma Zaidi conducts research, reports, writes and field produces for NBC political unit while managing the network's political tape library during election cycles.
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:59 AM
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1. BushCo couldn't stop the nuke test.
Miserable W. Failure strikes again!
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zreosumgame Donating Member (862 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:18 PM
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10. stop it? oh you silly, silly person!
If Foley had not broken like he did, this was supposed to be the 'october Surprise' that dumbaya was saving. I have few doubts he knew what the timing was to be. He wanted to use that to sow fear and terror for the stolen-election cycle we are in.
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:01 PM
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2. Oh sure nimrod. Global Thermoneuclear war is "relief."
How did these clowns ever become media darlings?
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Cosmocat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:01 PM
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13. It just is innane ...
God love them, the MSM cut through the BS like a hot knife through butter on Foley, but they STILL buy, lock stock and barrell, the "GOP IS STRONG ON DEFENSE" crap ... Despite the fact that this highlights a MASSIVE failure on the part of Bushco, when I heard about it last night before I went to bed, I knew it would be "bad news for the democrats" cause even if it is them Fing things up, if it is foreign relations, it is good news for Bushco ...
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:02 PM
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3. Bush Failed Again.... and So Did the GOP (nt)
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:59 PM
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16. Absolutely.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:07 PM
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4. People are realizing how much is wrong in the world! They've been too busy
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 12:17 PM by demo dutch
with Iraq and current NK strategy is obviously not working. Iran is chiming in suggesting it because America is the aggressor unwilling to have a dialog.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:09 PM
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5. BushCo's response was tepid.
Where's that guy who said, "Bring it on"?

How does it help Republicans when George's response is to do NOTHING?
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:14 PM
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8. Because he's scared. Iraq was just fluff and bluff They knew there were no
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 12:14 PM by demo dutch
WMD's in Iraq!
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qazplm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:10 PM
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6. makes sense
it will give them a chance to focus on something that has less to do with internal American politics then what is currently going on.

It is common for politically troubled presidents to turn to foreign policy as a distraction. Before this, Bush had nowhere to turn, now he has somewhere to turn.

But I suspect this will last less than a week at best unless they really ramp things up like a naval blockade or something like that, which wouldnt surprise me.
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demo dutch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:12 PM
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7. Agreed. Besides Americans should realize that Admin been too pre-occupied
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 12:16 PM by demo dutch
with the Iraq war instead of concentrating on NK and current strategy is obviously not working.
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:18 PM
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9. It's a loser for these criminals all the way around.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:19 PM
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11. I think it makes ** and the Republicans look very, very weak...
They weren't able to stop this. While all their attention was focused on the Middle East, Kim Jong Il was basically allowed to do whatever he wanted to over there.

GW is a failure at foreign relations. (Stating the obvious.)
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:20 PM
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12. Bullshit! Clinton had contained NK's nuclear ambitions
and Bush fucked that up, as he has everything he has touched.
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:06 PM
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14. MAKE IT FIT: Priorities: Iraq v. N. Korea; and Pol Security v. Page Sec
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LunaSea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 06:50 PM
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15. Just like 911....
The nuke test should not have happened.

Just like 911, the nuke test is the best thing that could have happened to republicans?

What the hell is wrong with these people?
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sfwriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 01:17 AM
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17. Clinton...
That's what's wrong according to Tony Snow.

I say sling it back at em...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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