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« on: November 06, 2006, 10:57:32 AM »
Saddam verdict gives Republicans a boost
By Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg / The New York TimesPublished: November 6, 2006

 
  WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush has seized on the conviction of Saddam Hussein as a "milestone" in Iraq, seeking to rally Republican voters with the issue of national security as some polls suggested his party might be making gains in the final hours of the campaign.

The White House said the timing of the announcement Sunday, two days before Election Day, had nothing to do with politics and had been dictated by the Iraqi court. But Bush moved quickly to put it to use in what has been his central strategic imperative over the past week: rousing Republican voters to turn out.

"Today we witnessed a landmark event in the history of Iraq: Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced to death by the Iraqi high tribunal," Bush said to roars of approval in a hockey auditorium packed with supporters in Grand Island, Nebraska. "Saddam Hussein's trial is a milestone in the Iraqi people's efforts to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law."

With at least 20 House races and three Senate races virtually tied in polls over the past week, Republican officials have looked to the huge voter turnout operation the party has developed as its last-stand defense to prevent Democrats from making big gains on Tuesday.

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 Many Arabs unconvinced of Saddam trial legitimacyIf Bush was looking to draw Democrats into a debate over national security on Sunday, he did not appear to have succeeded. Across the country, Democrats also hailed the verdict in Baghdad, but argued that it would make no difference in bringing stability to Iraq and would have little bearing on the election.

Representative John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who has become the face of his party's opposition to the war in Iraq, said the verdict was the right one, but predicted it would not make a difference in this campaign. What would matter more, he said, were editorials in military papers being published calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

"When the Army Times, the Navy Times, the Marine Corps Times - they have all said that we're not supporting the troops, that they're losing confidence with the administration, that's what's important," Murtha said, campaigning in Croydon, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, for Patrick Murphy, a Democrat seeking to unseat Representative Mike Fitzpatrick.

The announcement of the Saddam verdict came as polls suggested some gains for Republicans. A Pew Research Center Survey released Sunday found that the number of likely voters who said they would vote for the Democrats was now 47 percent, compared with 43 percent who said they would vote for Republicans. Two weeks ago, Democrats had an edge of 50 to 39. A Washington Post-ABC News poll found a similar tightening.

Those kind of polls, about the so- called generic ballot, measure national trends and do not necessarily provide an accurate measure of what is happening in individual House and Senate races. That said, Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Center, said the poll found Republicans were becoming more enthusiastic as Election Day approaches, a sign that the party was making progress in addressing one of its key problems this year: a dispirited base.

A series of Mason-Dixon polls published Sunday suggested a tightening in two Senate races, Rhode Island and Maryland, that Democrats had been confident of winning. Republicans over the past week have spent heavily in Maryland on behalf of Michael Steele, the Republican candidate seeking to fill the seat being vacated by Paul Sarbanes, a Democrat. In Rhode Island, Senator Lincoln Chafee, the Republican, has spent heavily and banked on his family's long history in the state's politics to help him survive in a heavily Democratic state.

Ken Mehlman, the Republican chairman, said polls showed that Republicans and conservatives "were coming home," which he said "is what happens when voters focus on the choice before them."

Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the Democrat leading his party's effort to win control of the House, said, "It's inevitable that there would be some tightening in the end."

But Emanuel, who has been careful to avoid the public expressions of optimism voiced by other Democrats, added: "This is making me nervous."

The fact that Bush spent the last Sunday before Election Day in two of the most Republican states in the nation was testimony to how bleak a year this has been for the Republican Party and the president.


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Re: Saddam verdict gives Republicans a boost...
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2006, 11:44:19 AM »
get back to julie on wed. morning, forrest.

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Re: Saddam verdict gives Republicans a boost...
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006, 10:48:30 PM »
...just hit it with your purse

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Re: Saddam verdict gives Republicans a boost...
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2006, 09:02:18 AM »
dream on, goatfucker.

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Re: Saddam verdict gives Republicans a boost...
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2006, 09:25:15 AM »
Oh Please.

Like anybody honestly thought there would be any other outcome?

Oh yeah, it's great, because SOOOO MUCH is gonna change....

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Re: Saddam verdict gives Republicans a boost...
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2006, 10:16:33 AM »
exactly.  but republicans gotta play their little games.  do they know how stupid they look?

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Re: Saddam verdict gives Republicans a boost...
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2006, 07:10:52 AM »
putz.