are starting to show doubts about
their boy. Are they finally catching on?
E&P read 27 columns by conservatives who mentioned Bush during the
past 13 days. Nine of the columns had at least some questions about the
president and his policies.
For instance, George Will of the Washington Post Writers Group wrote that
Bush’s "accumulating errors are undermining the premise of his reelection
Robert Novak of the Chicago Sun-Times added: "Most worrisome to Republicans is Kerry’s war-hero
image while, in the words of one prominent Bush supporter, ‘our guy was
drinking beer in Alabama.’"
Wall Street Journal contributing columnist Peggy Noonan wrote of Bush’s "Meet
the Press" appearance: "The president seemed tired, unsure, and
often bumbling. His answers were repetitive… . He did not seem prepared."
Debra Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the
Bush administration’s "first-term spending spree isn’t sitting well
with those who have to bankroll it. "
William Murchison of Creators asked: "Why no Bush vetoes of inappropriate
Pat Buchanan of Creators wrote that the Bush administration "invaded
an oil-rich country on what the world believes were false pretenses and
forged evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction."
Another Creators columnist, Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly, was quoted
by Reuters as saying he’s "much more skeptical about the Bush administration
now" since weapons inspector David Kay expressed doubt about Iraq
Still, criticism from conservatives is sporadic and relatively muted —
with the majority of columnists on the right remaining solidly behind Bush.
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