|08-18-2005, 06:16 AM||#1|
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Iraq news unsettling GOP
By David Kirkpatrick and Adam Nagourney The New York Times
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2005
WASHINGTON A stream of bad news out of Iraq and polls showing growing American impatience with the war are sending ripples of concern through Republican circles, party officials said Wednesday.
Some said the faltering war was providing an early rallying point to dispirited Democrats and could provoke an electoral backlash against Republicans in congressional elections next year.
Republicans said a convergence of events - including President George W. Bush's stand-off with the mother of a slain Iraqi soldier at his ranch in Texas, the missed deadline for drafting an Iraqi constitution and the spike in casualties among pockets of reservists - appeared to be creating what they said could be a lasting shift in public attitude against the war.
They described that as a particularly worrisome event coming 14 months before midterm elections, and pointed to the result of a special election in Ohio two weeks ago, where a Democrat came close to winning in what should have been an easy Republican district, as further evidence that the party might be entering a difficult period because of the war that has become identified with Bush's presidency.
"There is just no enthusiasm for this war - nobody is happy about it," said Representative John Duncan Jr., a Tennessee Republican and a critic of the war. "It certainly is not going to help Republican candidates, I can tell you that much."
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