Cold Shoulder

How Bush is alienating many older Americans, and what that means for the coming midterm vote

Donny Carroll, a Republican most of his working life, voted for George W. Bush in 2004 because Bush "was trying to do a good job." Ask him how he feels now, and you get a different answer. "If he was running again, I wouldn't vote for him," says the 61-year-old retired plumber from Eureka, Calif. Why not? Medicare's new prescription-drug benefit is too complicated, he says, adding that "the government seems more concerned about drug companies making a profit than the people getting insured."

Carroll isn't the only one feeling disenfranchised. Older folks' growing disillusionment with Bush bodes ill for Republicans...

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