Friday, March 10, 2006


You know what I would like? A little less credulity from the press when it comes to this whole deal with the congressional Republicans suddenly breaking lockstep with BushCo.
When President Bush and senior adviser Karl Rove mapped out plans for a political comeback in 2006, this was nowhere on the script. Suddenly, the collapse of a port-management deal neither even knew about a month ago has devastated the White House and raised questions about its ability to lead even fellow Republicans.

Do I believe the Dubai Ports World deal caught them off-guard? Yes. Do I believe that BushCo is seriously asking congressional Republicans to follow "his lead" no matter what the cost to them, politically, in this congressional election year? Uh, no.

The bipartisan uprising in Congress in the face of a veto threat represented a singular defeat for Bush, who when it came to national security grew accustomed during his first five years in office to leading as he chose and having loyal lawmakers fall in line. Now, with his poll numbers in a political ditch, the port debacle has contributed to a perception of weakness that has liberated Republicans who once would never have dared cross Bush.

So, the president's poll numbers go down, and a whole congress full of formerly cowed Republicans suddenly now feels free to let their freak flag fly?


"He has no political capital," said Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster. "Slowly but surely it's been unraveling. There's been a direct correlation between the trajectory of his approval numbers and the -- I don't want to call it disloyalty -- the independence on the part of the Republicans in Congress."

Oh, for chrissake.

It's just all so caluculated. And transparent.

Look, there's one thing for sure we know about the Republican party, and that's that they are all about the party, above all else. They. Want. To. Stay. In. Power.

And they know that for right now, the way to do it is to stick together. And if that means they have to put on a big show of their independence from a president whose numbers are in the toilet, then that's exactly what they'll do. And everybody in the congress knows it, and the president knows it, and you can bet your ass Karl Rove knows it.

C'mon, am I supposed to believe a Republican pollster would come out and say something like the above if it wasn't part of their larger strategy? "I don't want to call it disloyalty." -- Give me a fucking break.

Can't you just hear the halting delivery, and the faux-careful wording of the next phrase, "the independence on the part of the Republicans..."

Cue the concerned furrowing of his brow. Cue the scribbling reporters. Cue the graphic: "Congress's Break with Bush."

Too bad the Academy Award are over, huh? Cause they're putting on a pretty good show.

1 comment:

dad said...

As I said, sit back and watch the Republicans go at it. I believe new coalition(s) will now be formed which may save us from Bush in the next 2 1/2 years. Short of another major terrorist incident that Bush could exploint, Bush's power has been dealt a death power. Save us Jesus!