Moderate Republicans gave President Bush a blunt warning on his Iraq policy at a private White House meeting this week, telling the president that conditions needed to improve markedly by fall or more Republicans would desert him on the war.While over at the Washington Post, the story is less about the Republicans deserting dubya, but dubya's war hurting the GOP:
House Republican moderates, in a remarkably blunt White House meeting, warned President Bush this week that his pursuit of the war in Iraq is risking the future of the Republican Party and that he cannot count on GOP support for many more months.
According to Think Progress, NBC reported that at the meeting one member of Congress said:
The word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President. There is no longer any credibility. It has to come from Gen. Petraeus.This Congressman reportedly also said:
My district is prepared for defeat. We need candor, we need honesty, Mr. President.Would you look at that. This Republican member of Congress just told his President, the leader of the free world and the leader of his party, that he's been neither candid nor honest.
Things are going very badly for dubya in some of these districts, for instance The Times is reporting that:
Representative Tom Davis told Mr. Bush that the president’s approval rating was at 5 percent in one section of his northern Virginia district.5 percent?
That's bad, right?