GOP: Bush is a fundraising liability for ‘08 election.

In a new New York Times Magazine article, National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) admits that President Bush may not be welcome at GOP campaign events all across the country:

Cole mentioned Bush, but everyone thought that would be a mistake. “I think this cycle he and the vice president are going to be doing a lot of fund-raisers in the South and the Plains,” he said, and everyone guffawed in agreement. Even for an audience of Republican donors, in politically contested parts of the country, the president provokes complicated feelings. On another occasion Cole said to me, “I love the president, but his appeal isn’t universal.”