The Thrill is Gone
The thrill is gone for New Jersey Republicans. The fight is gone, the passion is gone. They're whipped. Their President came to NJ and top Republicans stayed away in droves.
Right after 9/11, as the president stood above the rubble of the World Trade Center, his approval rating was at an all time high of over 90%. "I'm on top of world, ma!" Even the French whose taste compels them to love Jerry Lewis, loved President Bush back then. "We are all Americans!" the French shouted. But now? The French don't like him. America does not like him. The folks in NJ don't like him ---as his approval ratings hover at 28%.
There was an event in Edison yesterday. A fund-raiser for the Republican Party's fall campaign war chest-------where you'd think all the important Repubs would be. Not so.
Many Republicans paid $5000 a piece to have their pictures taken with George W. Bush, while others stayed away from the event to avoid having their pictures taken, since they have elections this fall.
You can bet that the Repubs that were not so cautious will see the President next to them all fall in campaign material when the campaign season begins in full throttle.