From The Hill,
Financial projections for the President’s Dinner tonight confirm that Republican confidence in the president is in a state of collapse.The article then goes on to quote Republicans not happy with Bush.
The National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) fundraising goal is $7.5 million, which is half what was raised last year. But to reach this lesser goal, each individual lawmaker has been asked to raise the same amount as 12 months ago. In other words, the NRCC is assuming lawmakers won’t be either willing or able to hit the targets they managed last year.
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), “We had better relationships with the [White House] legislative affairs shop when Clinton was the president — even after we impeached him.” To make his point, Jones told a story of his chief of staff printing out a picture of Bush's top congressional liaison, Candida Wolff and asked Jones if he could identify her. Jones could not and tested five of his GOP colleagues. Only Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), knew Wolff.
Olympia Snowe blames Bush directly for the lost GOP majority. “It’s definitely because of the president and his policies, more from the standpoint of immovability and not being willing to adjust policies in response to real-time circumstances,”...“It wasn’t just the fact that things weren’t working well in Iraq, it was the president wasn’t willing to adjust his policy to recognize and acknowledge that.”