Eleven Republican lawmakers visited the children's wing of the White House to deliver a message to the toddler in chief, smarten up. For more than an hour, the president met with a group from his own party. The meeting was also attended by Karl Rove, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and Secretary of Girlfriend Condoleezza Rice.
The moderate Republicans brought a message from their constituents and it was delivered with a frankness that was described as unvarnished. From the New York Times: "One told Mr. Bush that voters back home favored a withdrawal even if it meant the war was judged a loss. Representative Tom Davis told Mr. Bush that the president’s approval rating was at 5 percent in one section of his northern Virginia district."
Crooks & Liars has Keith Olberman's coverage from Countdown. With his credibility shot, his nation's treasure spent and the blood of thousands on his hands, it remains to be seen if the empty flightsuit gets the message. It will be very interesting to see if the new bill being crafted in the house and senate, with compromises on withdrawal and time tables, sees the promised veto. The Republican delegation stated they would stand by the president for the time being, but it is increasingly obvious that support is quickly eroding. It's sad to think that after every other consideration that it comes down to politics to sway this president. The threat of seeing the presidency, as well as both houses, going to the democrats in 2008 might be the tipping point.
Given his petulant nature, I would have loved to have been the proverbial fly on the wall to see the tantrum that followed the meeting. I imagine Mr. Bush consoled himself by spending some time with the rug he chose for the oval office, the one decision he's made in his tenure as president that he hasn't utterly fucked up.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
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I think the tipping point was reached some time ago and 2008 will see the GoP lose control - whether that actually means anything or not is (and will be) a matter of debate.
Just a quick comment, hopefully relevant. I heard British PM Tony Blair's speak on his retirement this morning. He referred to Iraq as 'a battle of wills'. Yea, will they or will they not accept defeat and stop occupying a country in which a majority hates them more than they like their current government.
What did bush II act like during that meeting?
Well, we can only speculate, but given the fact that he's a bullying coward, when faced with a delegation from his own party who were in no mood to lose their jobs on his account, he probably sat there and took it with a sullen, close-to-tears silence, and waited for it to be over.
Re: his rug. I googled an image of it and it ain't too bad. But his actual decision was to get Laura Bush to pick it.
He really isn't a talented man. He's remarkable in his mediocrity.
Everyone has to be good at something. I think Bush can touch his nose with his tongue, or turn his eyelids inside out.
*tsk*...Who am I kidding? He can't even do that. His only talent was to shovel spoons of blow up his nose.
At this point, the only thing he should have to look forward to is Nixonian pardon and Reaganesque dotage. And that's if he's lucky.
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