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January 9, 2006
RNC Blogger Forum: Nat'l Direction

The GOP has kept track of the president's approval rating and have been encouraged by the recent increase in support, according to a political strategist on the White House senior staff. The extreme polarization leads the White House to believe that the numbers won't flex in real terms much more above or below the current 45% or so that he currently has at the moment.

Because the war will remain the central topic and economy will also be on everyone's mind, this polarization will tend to work towards the GOP's favor. All other topics will wind up relating to these two touchstones -- and both, it is implied, will be net pluses for Republicans by the time the 2006 elections roll around. The staff still knows its history, and that maintaining its full edge in Congress may be tough. As earlier, the White House expects to still have a majority in both houses. As a Minnesotan, I can report that three key strategists are extremely high on Mark Kennedy and his chances to take the empty Mark Dayton seat.

Thirty-six governors face election, and 22 of those seats belong to the GOP. The effort on governors does not have much to do with grooming any candidates for 2008's presidential campaign. We got assured that the White House does not want to look past 2006 at the moment.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 9, 2006 3:34 PM

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