Friday, July 04, 2008

What to do with Bush in St. Paul?

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Some have been worried about how Obama will deal with the Clintons at the Democratic Convention. The answer is fairly simple. She will have a prime speaking spot on Monday night, and Bill will likely introduce her. It won't be a big deal.

McCain, on the other hand, has a huge problem. What to do with the current leader of your party, who happens to be one of the most unpopular presidents of all time?

Convention planners, the White House and the McCain campaign are wrestling with how to choreograph a proper send-off for Mr. Bush — sure, his poll numbers are in the tank, but he is still the party leader and president of the United States — while hustling him out the door in time for Mr. McCain to look like his own man.
In St. Paul, Mr. Bush will speak on the convention’s opening night... The White House and the McCain campaign said the details were still being worked out. But one Republican close to Mr. McCain and Mr. Bush, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the president would give “an important speech” but that a joint appearance was “highly unlikely.” - NY Times
Leading off your convention with a President with a 25% approval rating. Now that's a way to get things going.