34 Total Quotes

Andrew Kohut Quotes

The No. 1 instinct in politics is survival, ... going to have a much harder time than he's had so far in ... keeping people close to him.
Andrew Kohut
#Instinct

Media coverage both shapes and reflects public opinion. The press coverage in the run-up to the war was very pro-war and the country was very pro-war.
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#Media

To rebuild his personal trust he must get people feeling better about his performance.
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#People

Bush's numbers are going from bad to worse, and there is no silver lining. People just see more and more bad news everywhere and they don't see a way out.
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#People

The Republicans were making gains through the first four years of the administration - and they could have consolidated those gains and made further gains, ... I don't want to preclude anything, but with 38 percent approval ratings, Republicans gains are going to be hard to come by. More likely they will experience reversals.
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#Republicans

People do make a distinction between what someone does in his personal life and his ability to do his job. However, if this involved perjury or obstruction of justice, which speaks to his role as president, the public has not come to any conclusion on that yet.
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#Ability

We still live in a time where people feel threatened, and the Democrats have been at a disadvantage on this issue, and for them to make progress they have to address it.
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#Democrats

turn out to be another Vietnam.
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#Vietnam

this has not been one of the issues at the forefront of debate about the Supreme Court.
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#Debate

This wasn't a definitive debate. Bush didn't put Gore away; Gore didn't put Bush away.
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#Debate

It's fraught with all sorts of social meaning. In the modern era, it's the issue that has most divided liberals and conservatives.
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#Liberals

If there's less violence there generally and our people are not getting hurt and there is some feeling that this is a better place than it was, there might be some benefit for Bush -- or at least stop the bleeding.
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#Hurt

He needs some good news in Iraq. He would be well served by a successful election.
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#Iraq

I think that to really move the needle on Iraq, events there on the ground are going to have to change. Fewer casualties, things like that.
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#Events

What moves public opinion are big events; things just don't happen. If things were to go swimmingly in Iraq, or if the economy were to take off like a rocket, that might silence Bush's critics.
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#Events

The Democrats have a much stronger case on domestic issues than they do on this one, unless it begins to look a little more dicey in respect to its effects on civil right of a broader base of people.
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#Democrats

This is an issue that he has to contend with ... restoring confidence that people can take his word for things.
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#Confidence

This probably has to do with the aging of the population and more people confronting these situations. The poll found that people who have participated in decisions about end-of-life or had loved ones with illnesses in the last five years are much more likely to have thought about end-of-life treatments or to have living wills.
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#People

There's nothing that suggests this is a breakout election, ... People know it's a close race, but that doesn't appear to have compelled them any more than the walkover election four years ago.
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#People

Uncharacteristically, the president's ratings have slipped most among his core constituents — Republicans and conservatives,
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#Republicans

There's a lot of centrism among the public about abortion, ... It's very easy for the activists to scare most Americans, who have a nuanced view of abortion, either from the pro-life or the pro-choice perspective.
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#Abortion

We keep reading stories about five Marines dying today and 55 Shiites being blown up in Baghdad, ... There is considerable frustration over that, and that frustration is the source of political problem for Bush. He's got his name on this war.
Andrew Kohut
#Marines

We keep reading stories about five Marines dying today and 55 Shiites being blown up in Baghdad. There is considerable frustration over that, and that frustration is the source of political problem for Bush. He's got his name on this war.
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#Marines

There's a lot of centrism among the public about abortion. It's very easy for the activists to scare most Americans, who have a nuanced view of abortion, either from the pro-life or the pro-choice perspective.
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#Abortion

We have more people saying we have to get our troops out now and more people saying what they hadn't been saying, which is we may not succeed.
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#People

Even when we were struggling, people had been reluctant to think that Iraq would turn out like Vietnam, a failure for the United States.
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#Failure

There is not a consensus nationwide about the immigration problem, nor is there a consensus on what to do about it.
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#Consensus

We see people engaged about Washington, and not in a positive way. I was surprised by these numbers.
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#People

The comedy shows have gotten into political satire, and it's been an increasingly important way that some segments of the world get their news. For that reason, the political satire shows look hard for material that comes from the news. Sometimes they don't have to look very hard, like today.
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#Comedy

Bush is seen as a good protector for the country. The more the perceived missteps, the greater the chances for further declines in support.
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#Country