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Sunday, November 13, 2005

NJ-Gov: Forrester Blames Bush

Posted by DavidNYC

The rats are fleeing:

It's all George W. Bush's fault.

Doug Forrester, in his first postelection interview, laid the blame for his loss in the governor's race last week directly at the feet of President Bush. He said the public's growing disaffection with Bush, especially after Hurricane Katrina, made it impossible for his campaign to overcome the built-in advantage Democrats have in a blue state like New Jersey.

"If Bush's numbers were where they were a year ago, or even six months ago, I think we would have won on Tuesday," Forrester said. "Katrina was the tipping point."

Though Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) did in fact say something similar a few days ago, it's nice to see an aggrieved top-tier Republican confirm what all the circumstancial evidence has pointed to: Local GOPers are running away from Bush. (Though, for what it's worth, I think Forrester would still have lost "a year, or even six months" ago anyhow. Bush wasn't gonna earn him 10 points.) Gonna be a fun mid-term election if this keeps up.

(Via Josh Marshall.)

Posted at 08:31 PM in 2005 Elections | Technorati

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