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The Bush agenda

USA Today's former White House correspondent looks at the paper's latest Gallup polling and finds more Republicans standing by Bush than you might think based upon the news.  As he writes, "despite bad news from Baghdad and carefully crafted hand-wringing by high-profile GOP war critics in Congress such as [Hagel], three of four Republicans in the country are hanging in there with the president...  The poll also shows that rank-and-file Republicans have higher regard for the president than they do Republicans in Congress...  And 72% of Republicans do not think Bush made a mistake sending U.S. troops to Iraq.  So if congressional Republicans figure the key to re-election in 2008 is taking a hard line against Bush on Iraq,... [t]hey might lure some independents, but they risk alienating their GOP base."