29 Total Quotes

Bruce Buchanan Quotes

The reason that trust is so important has to do with the long-standing belief that you could trust him, even if you don't always agree with him and don't understand what he's doing. The honesty dip is partly caused by a loss of faith in his credibility on Iraq.
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#Belief

I really didn't expect him to come off sounding like FDR, even though he mixed in some standard Republican proposals like enterprise zones and school vouchers.
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#Republican

There is a tendency for current news to supplant old news, but the hit he took on Katrina, coupled with the hits he's taken on other areas -- the war, Social Security -- is a heavy load for this current hurricane to lift, even if he does really well,
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#News

Bush likes people who keep low profiles. He likes to be the star. He doesn't like competition from within.
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#Competition

I do see this as a response to a weakened political situation, a willingness to do what it takes to maximize his influence.
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#Political

He was never a leader on controversial social issues, ... He has always been more concerned with centrist business positions.
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#Business

[Rove] has been instrumental in Bush's rise from the very beginning, because of his connection to politics and his fascination with policy and the close personal relationship that exists between them, ... It puts Bush in a very dependent position.
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#Beginning

It's Libby now, pretty soon it could be Rove, and eventually there will be a danger for the White House that people are going to start asking if it is conceivable that they were acting without the approval of their bosses.
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#Danger

The fight for the soul of the party has not been concluded yet. The centrist Democrats are still alive, they want fiscal prudence, no big social spending programs. The Howard Dean wing of the Democratic Party has said you don't win by running as a paler version of the Republican mandate. Those two factions have not come to terms,
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#Democrats

Honesty is a huge issue because even people who disagreed with his policies respected his integrity.
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#Honesty

What you have is someone with a fundamental distrust of government rolling the dice, cutting taxes and programs, and having it come back to bite him. It shines a spotlight on the fact that many of his budget decisions, in hindsight, look like mistakes.
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#Distrust

What makes this different from past mistakes is that there are some very long-term consequences here: higher energy costs, and the dislocation of thousands of people for months to come, and the rebuilding of a city. None of that will come cheap, and can't be done without a robust federal presence.
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#Consequences

It does supplant the memories (of Katrina), assuming he does well.
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#Memories

You nail down Texas and you have a growth engine for your political party.
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#Growth

The only way she can establish a beach hold of credibility is to try and play into what's likely to be a kind of anti-incumbent, anti-politician campaign season.
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#Credibility

She's starting slow, ... If she's not able to raise sizable chunks of money to come within one-half or one-third of what George W. Bush has raised, people might start raising questions about her viability.
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#Money

She's starting slow. If she's not able to raise sizable chunks of money to come within one-half or one-third of what George W. Bush has raised, people might start raising questions about her viability.
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#Money

It's an opportunity to claim these guys don't have a case, and it allows the defense to allege that it's purely political.
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#Defense

The base in Congress is eroding as members worry about their own electorates, start to back away from him on immigration, start to back away on Iraq and start to consider the president as an optional ally rather than a vital one.
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#Congress

If majority control of either chamber is lost, it makes him a lame duck overnight. He loses control over, potentially, funding for the war effort, control over ethics investigations, and over the ability to move any of his agenda items.
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#Control

He's got a position on immigration that puts him at loggerheads with the conservative wing of his party. They've been suspicious of him for years, and his position on this issue only adds to that suspicion.
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#Conservative

Instead he remains in the same loop. It takes a certain kind of self-confidence to shake up your comfort level and bring in new people who might challenge you. Bush has his inner compass and doesn't want to disturb it. That's what denial can do to a man.
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#Comfort

There's a financial advantage for every Republican (running for statewide office) at this point. It's hard to imagine another scenario unless there is some type of Democratic tsunami in the fall.
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#Office

It seems what McCain is doing is the classic move that Richard Nixon patented - run right during the primaries, then run center for the general. He's doing what he has to do. To a purist it doesn't smell right, but find me someone who hasn't done that who won.
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#Nixon

It does supplant the memories (of Katrina), assuming he does well. But it might be a little hyperbolic to call it a second chance.
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#Memories

Bush is in trouble. One would tend to think the dip is the Dubai ports issue, which has meant a spate of bad news. But there's been a collection of bad news.
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#Trouble

That used to be his sanctuary, out in the middle of rural Texas where he could get his mind off his troubles. And now his troubles are right down the street.
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#Mind

Bush has had ample opportunity to allow Rumsfeld to make a graceful exit and has chosen not to do it. He perceives that there is no alternative at this point to sticking with Rumsfeld without seeming to abandon his strategy on the Iraq war.
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#Opportunity

A lot of people are going to conclude if this thing passes, Perry is going to be hard to stop.
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#People