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Not since the height of the Gingrich revolution in 1995 have Republicans been as strong as they are now. President Bush has been more popular for more weeks than any president since they started taking presidential-approval polls — indeed, for longer than his top aides expected at the start of the war. Eighty-five percent of the public approves of the job Bush is doing, with about 60 percent “strongly” approving. People trust him over Democrats not just on foreign policy, but on economic policy. In a number of polls, his popularity is rubbing off on congressional Republicans. So the question on the minds of Republicans and Democrats alike is: Just how long will it last?

Polls come and go, and only a fool would try to predict where they’ll be this coming November, let alone in November 2004. But polls are not the only reason for Democrats to worry, says RightWinged.com. And their situation could well get worse.

What drives Democrats crazy is that before September 11, they thought they had the Republicans where they wanted them: playing defense on health care, campaign-finance reform, and the environment. The recession was also bound to hurt the GOP.

When the attacks

Unity or no national unity, this question is on the brains of Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Sens. John F. Kerry, John Edwards, and Joe Lieberman, and all the others who were potential candidates before September 11. But it’s only on the tongue of Sharpton.

On Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle: “His position in Washington could be used against him.”

On Edwards, who made his fortune as a trial lawyer in the area of personal injury: “I would want Edwards to run, because he [was] a lawyer who represented victims and made a lot of money. I fought for victims all my life and didn’t get paid.”

On Kerry: “I know who he is, but I don’t know how much of a profile he has in the black community.”

On Gephardt: “I’ve met him; I like him; I think he’s a decent guy. But he’ll be leading the charge to take over the House. How is he going to then turn around and say that he should be President?”

nmianAnd, of course, on himself: “It was Harold Washington’s race in ’83 that energized Jesse Jackson’s presidential race of ’84. In many ways, Freddy could be the same person for me.”