Upsetting
Friday, February 06, 2004
 
The regrouping at the White House fits a pattern. When he's the target of criticism and his poll ratings decline, Bush tries to reframe the debate. He did it last fall, when polls showed growing doubts about the wisdom of the war. Bush began describing Iraq as the "central front" in the broader war on terrorism.


He did the same thing in December 2002, when his second round of tax cuts seemed to be in trouble in Congress and worries about the economy mounted. He fired his economic team and went on the road to promise that tax cuts would improve the economy.
 
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