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Friday, February 25, 2005
EUROPE TAKES NOTICE
|US President George W. Bush (L) and Slovak Republic President Ivan Gasparovic (C) look on as Russian President Vladimir Putin waves at Bratislava Castle(AFP/Paul J. Richards)|
BEHIND THE PREZ'S WINNING ROAD TRIP
By Dick Morris
Nobody [in Europe] expected Bush to be re-elected. Subjected to 24/7 of liberal propaganda, the European man in the street felt that Bush was going to crash and burn in the U.S. election. Western Europe was happy about it. Eastern Europe, unhappy. But nobody felt the he would pull it out. That he did — and expanded his control of both houses of Congress — without compromising on Iraq or withdrawing our troops, sent a message that the American people are behind their president.
His trip to Europe highlights Bush's new appeal. His name and photo dominate all the front pages and his speeches — newly eloquent and increasingly idealistic — are being heard by all. He is going over the heads of the leftist European media and speaking directly to eastern and western Europe.
Bush and Condi Rice are cutting a swath through the Continent. No doubt about it.
It's the same in the United States. The Democrats are in disarray with their putative candidate, Hillary, moving to the center, while the party elects leftist Howard Dean as its chairman. More and more, the Democrats are not merely inconsistent, wrong and/or misguided — they are the worst of all possible things you can be in Washington: irrelevant.
And Europe has noticed.