The Washington Post says Bush's closed-door events yesterday "underscored both his continued ability to attract donations and his continued unpopularity with much of the public."
The New York Times: "Republicans do not expect to be riding President Bush's record to re-election this fall. But they are trying to ride his gravy train - as quietly as possible."
Most of Connecticut's high-profile GOP lawmakers were absent from Bush's event yesterday, and because the event was closed-press, "there were no public opportunities Monday for photographs of Bush with candidates," says the Hartford Courant. Also: "Both privately and in front of GOP supporters at the fundraiser, Bush told [endangered moderate GOP Rep. Chris] Shays that he needs to turn up the political heat on Diane Farrell, his Democratic opponent."