BushCo plans after last TV speech

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By Peter Baker and Jim VandeHei: 
Confronting the worst poll numbers seen in the West Wing since his 
father went down to defeat, President Bush and his team are focusing on 
the fall midterm elections as the best chance to salvage his presidency 
and are building a campaign strategy around tax cuts, immigration and 
national security. 
Modern history offers no precedent of a president climbing from a hole 
as deep as the one Bush finds himself in, and White House strategists 
have concluded that no staff shake-up or other quick fix will alter 
their trajectory. In the sixth year of his tenure, they said, Bush 
cannot easily change the minds of voters whose impressions are fully 
formed. 
And so short of some event outside their direct control - such as a 
dramatic turnaround in Iraq or the capture of Osama bin Laden - 
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No comment. Yet. 
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Bush advisers have turned to the election as the most important chance 
to rewrite the troubled narrative of his presidency and recover enough 
to govern his last two years. With that in mind, Bush last week called 
on the National Guard to help stop illegal immigrants, signed tax-cut 
legislation and headlined three party fundraisers. If Republicans retain 
Congress in November, Bush advisers note, he could assert that for the 
third straight election, the party defied historical patterns and 
popular predictions. 
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Diebold? 
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But they acknowledge a House takeover by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi 
(D-Calif.) would foreshadow a contentious final two years fending off 
congressional subpoenas 
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Yeah, baby! 
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and hostile legislation. With Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove reassigned 
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a House takeover by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would
foreshadow a contentious final two years fending off congressional
subpoenas