Dole Enables Bush, Avoids Consequences

dole_heads.jpgHow little press coverage has Senator Elizabeth Dole received over her six year tenure in the United States Senate? Some North Carolina polling numbers on Dole's voter approval ratings may help answer that question:

Very Favorable - 26%
Somewhat Favorable - 35%

Sixty-one percent of North Carolinians in this poll think that Liddy Dole, who has been a Bush loyalist in the Senate throughout her term, is doing a pretty good job. Contrast that with only 28% of Americans who think the President is doing a good job, and you're left with a fuzzy disconnect that begs the question, "Why do folks look unfavorably upon Bush but look favorably upon a Senator who has been one of his staunchest allies?"

Elizabeth Dole has voted with the Republicans 90.1% of the time during her Senate career. 35 times she voted against bipartisan measures. Elizabeth Dole has voted:

Yes on Telecom Immunity
No on SCHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program
No on implementing recommendations of the 9/11 Commission
No on improved health care for returning veterans
No on withdrawing troops from Iraq
No on stem cell research
Yes on extending the Bush tax cuts
Yes on Samuel Alito
Yes to cutting $40 billion from welfare, child support and student lending programs.
Yes to a free trade zone between the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
Yes to making it harder to declare bankruptcy
No to reimportation of pharmaceutical drugs
Yes to higher taxes on farmers who produce wind energy
Yes to Michael B. Mukasey's nomination to be Attorney General
No to the Webb Amendment, which would have mandated more time between deployments for our troops
No to D.C. Voting Rights
No to Habeas Corpus
No to Clean Energy

I could go on and on. You can DIY at this fancy WaPo website.

With Bush's numbers in the toilet and his brand of carnivorous conservatism at its nadir, how is it that Elizabeth Dole comes up with a 61% approval rating? She's been there for George W. at every turn except immigration, and she's wielded less power than 92 of her colleagues.

I asked my wife for her theory. She said, "You never hear anything about her, and she has a nice sounding name."

Ain't that the truth.

The larger press hasn't connected Dole's dots to President Bush's failed policies. Were they to focus more scrutiny on Dole's votes, her approval would quickly plummet into Bush's poisonous depths. She's got to run against either Jim Neal or Kay Hagan, so the press has a real opportunity to inform North Carolina voters that Senator Dole has been a stalwart enabler of the Bush Administration.


Oh Goddess

I can't bear to watch that woman on Meet the Press again. How embarrassing was that?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Maybe because

Bush's approval ratings in NC historically have tended to be a bit higher than the national average.

That, too, is embarrassing

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

and how about these Dole tidbits...

* Traditional marriage is something Republicans will defend. (Aug 2004)
* Freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. (Aug 2004)
* For school prayer & 10 Commandments in schools. (Oct 1999)
* Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
* Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
* Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
* Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
* Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
* Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
* Rated 18% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
* Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
* Rated 8% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
* Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
* Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
* Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)

Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend

Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend

Thanks Pam!

That list should help us over the coming months.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Thanks for the list....

It just confirms that I will do anything I possibly can to remove that evil woman from public office.

The problem with this list

The problem with this list is that the first five points probably get Dole more votes here in North Carolina. I'd say we should emphasize her support of Bush and stay away from these social issues as much as possible. Doesn't mean our candidate should ignore them - should definitely state hers or his positions, but attacking Dole on those issues is a losing strategy.


I just got my MegaVote email, and it seems that Dole was on the record as "not voting" on a couple of bills. Smells of damage control to me.

$7.7 million

Word is that Dole already has nearly eight million dollars in her campaign coffer.

She's going to have a massive air and ground media attack that will dwarf all efforts to tell the truth about her.

Those of you who support Jim Neal, notice how the late rally thing isn't so much fun, and those who support Kay Hagan, notice that it's going to take getting this woman to debates for folks to see what they're working with.

Either way, our candidate is going to need ten million dollars... fast.

Scrutiny Hooligans -

That is a lot of money and it will be necessary.

I'm no campaign finance beginner, let alone a guru, however it would seem that we will need a lot of help outside the State for this one.

Take from that what you will, folks.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Well, let's just put it this way

when Liddy ran against Erskine in 2002 it was the most expensive Senate race in the country. Her track record of raising money isn't so great, but she's proven that she is quite willing to spend whatever money it takes to play the role of Senator in DC. I doubt this time will be any different.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Hagan will need to get out there

but I'm betting Dole won't debate Hagan....if Hagan wins the primary.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.