Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Drinking Liberally: Cutting and Running From Bush's Taint

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usWith George W. Bush's poll numbers hovering around 40% ever since America saw him boldly lead the nation in the Katrina aftermath, Republicans across the nation are cutting and running from him. The Republican leadership in the House is challenging his decision to allow the Dubai Ports World deal. Reagan Republicans are suddenly appearing, lambasting the President for abandoning fiscal responsibility and small government. With elections in November, Republicans of every stripe are doing their best to make us forget they've been Bush's water carriers for the last 5 years.

Drinking Liberally, that weekly gathering of folks who've been against the Bush agenda since day one, is gathering to analyze, pick apart, mull over, and gear up for the Republican diaspora of 2006. They're running away from Bush. They're running away from Abramoff. They're running away from responsibility for Iraq. They're running away from the radical religious right. Some Republicans are even running away from the word Republican. In short, they're undergoing an extreme political makeover, a reinvention to make Madonna blush.

Tomorrow night at Jack of the Wood, in the blue heart of Asheville, Drinking Liberally will answer some pressing questions, "What will the Republican party look like in 8 months?" How far away from Bush can they get while continuing to enact his agenda? How much taint will Abramoff's revelations bring, and much of that taint will stick? How, after five years of being conjoined with the Bush administration, will Congressional Republicans separate themselves, and who will do the surgery?

There's so much taint to go around that the whole lot of them may be stained. If you want to avoid being tainted or stained, come on out to Drinking Liberally. We're at Jack of the Wood every Thursday, 7-10pm. Everyone's invited, and most of them have been showing up, so come see who you've been missing!

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