Bush's Bama Blues
The good news for state Republican's is that Alabama is one of Bush's best states. The bad news for AL GOPers is that more Alabamians disapprove of Bush than approve.
The poll has 48% of Alabamians approving of Bush, while 49% of the state disapproves. An identical poll taken in September had Bush at a 51/44 approval rating. Obviously, this is not a trend Republicans are happy to see.
Of course there is plenty of time for Bush to turn his numbers around, but if for some reason the president's numbers are still in the dumps a year from now, the AL GOP could be in for a rough election night.
Alabama Republicans rely on the unpopularity of the likes of Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton as liberal bogeymen to tar local Dems. While, liberal Democrats will no doubt still be anathema to most Alabamians, if George W. Bush has more detractors than defenders then the GOP's silver bullet suddenly loses a lot of its speed.
"All politics are local", as Tip O'Neill famously said and for the most part Alabama elections will revolve around Alabama issues. But believe me, Alabama Republicans will find 2006 a much more enjoyable election year if they are able to embrace the president, instead of running away from him.