Beleaguered by approval ratings still mired below 40 percent and a likely-probable-maybe-dunno routing by Congressional democrats, President Bush is seeking safe haven in Texas a week before the election. Last Monday found him stumping in Sugarland for Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, the write-in Republican candidate running in Tom Delay's old district--even though the GOP couldn't even her on the ballot. And he's scheduled to appear at Reunion Arena on November 6 to support Governor Rick Perry before Bush heads to the Crawford ranch for a tryst with Cindy Sheehan.
The GOP rally will, of course, be met with a fierce group of protestors toting "Bush Lies, Who Dies?" and "Kiss My Tush, Bush!" signs while shouting, "Enough is enough!" and "No more years!" Well, actually, the fierce protest mob won't be in front of the Reunion Arena at all, but some 1,000 feet away--around the corner, matter of fact, at Ferris Plaza on Houston and Young streets. So if you go to what's being billed as the "Worst Ever Rally"--which we assume refers to President Bush and isn't intended as any kind of prediction about the event itself--you'll have to scream really loud to compete with the pro-Bush leaguers.
Lucky for you, then, there's a warm-up rally this afternoon at Dealey Plaza from 4 to 6 p.m. This one's billed as the "Enough is Enough Protest." Fine. Enough already.
Note to angry anti-Bushies: While the protest's organizers--who aren't identified on the Web site or fliers sent to Unfair Park--claim their overall goal is to "create a political situation where the Bush Administration's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office," the organizers request that you curb your hankering for anything that might, ya know, recall another president's visit to Dealey Plaza some 43 years ago this very month.
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"Please do not create any signs that advocate violence against the president," they posted on the Web site. So glad they clarified that. --Megan Feldman