Saturday, January 28, 2006

Boehlert Getting Bogged Down by Bush

A year ago, people would have said that Congressman Sherwood Boehlert would be unbeatable in the upcoming 2006 election. One year changes a great deal. A year ago, George W. Bush had just gained re-election and was bragging about his mandate. Now, it looks like Bush is widely despised, and it looks like he will go down in history as one of America's worst Presidents.

How does this affect Sherwood Boehlert? There are indications that Congressman Boehlert's chances for re-election are being seriously damaged by his association with George W. Bush's failed and unpopular policies.

Consider the following statement, which was given over at the Central New York Politics discussion board over at

"The Bushes have always been fans of big government. Spending is through the roof. Only the wealthy have enjoyed any meaningful tax cuts. Power is being consolidated in the oval office and the Pentagon. All the Republican talk about "getting the government off our backs" is just a bunch of b.s.

They eavesdrop, see what you're looking at online, send our national guardsmen off to Iraq, pay reporters to write favorable stories, and on and on and on. It will only stop when these guys (and their enablers like Walsh and Boehlert) are sent packing."

In the past, Boehlert has escaped association with the worst excesses of the Republican Party's right wing. In the last few years, though, Sherwood Boehlert is on the record as having voted for among the worst elements of the right wing's legislative agenda: He was for the invasion of Iraq, voted for legislation that attacked Americans' civil liberties, and has signed on to controversial trickle down economic policies.

It looks like Brer Boehlert may not be able to escape the Bush Tar Baby this time around.

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