My candidate for off-key Republican talking point of the year:
On Wednesday night, [a senior White House Official] said,
the presidentBush will explain "that we have to go up before we go down."
Well, if Bush only could go down...
It's all about partei, yeah!
Having a partei, y'all
[Get up for the down stroke?] [Get down!]
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â€œIf you really want to change the situation on the ground, demonstrate to the president heâ€™s on his own,â€ said Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. â€œThat will spark real change.â€
Can Biden seriously think Bush gives two shits about being "on his own"? Read more about Tool time with Joe Biden
In the Straits of Hormuz. (Sorry, missed that one Monday.) Whoopsie:
The Japanese Transport Minister is demanding more information after a US nuclear-powered submarine collided with a Japanese oil tanker near the busy shipping lanes of the Straits of Hormuz on Monday night.
Orcinus wrote "The Political and the Personal" back in 2003, and it's worth repeating today, because every word of it is still true. I remember my growing sense of awe, and recognition that he was putting into something I felt so strongly into words so much better than I could have; and when I came to the end of reading the post, I knew there was no turning back. He concludes: Read more about Orcinus on "civility"
Where there is NO will, there are LOTS of excuses.
This applies to anything Politicians do not want to do. The same template can be applied to any issue (global warming, universal health care, etc.).
Today's example: Can the Congress stop Bush's Escalation of the War in Iraq?
Excuse #1: "It's Impossible!"
Joe "Teeth" Biden suggested this weekend it would be "unconstitutional" for Congress to block the funding.
Fact: Bullshit! Read more about Where there's a will, there's a way
(Or MOTD.) So people are talking about a dumb comment that is also racist by a rich and possibly hypocritical celebrity. I'm...bored. I know celebrity and celebrities have influence in the political world, but my rule is, "no more than a regular person has." But I found this comment to better sum up my feelings:
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A lot of people are talking about the various "mandatory" plans floating about various congressional and gubernatorial offices right now. Ahnold's, Wyden's, etc. It's all the Rage, for young politicians: it's an issue that is still unmade in the national media (what is to come, not what is) and if you're enterprising you can ride this political wave for a generation or more. If as a consumer, you've ever had problems with Phase One of the plan to keep people separated from their dollars and their health, you know what I mean. Read more about Random Thoughts on Health Care in the 110th, etc.
Our Betters, the permanent Beltway ruling class, the cocktail wienie-gobbling clowns and Republican creatures and think-tank dilettantes and shadowy Christianist billionaires who created the Iraq Clusterfuck and now can't figure out how to evade accountability for the greatest strategic disaster in American history... Read more about Foreign policy is a synonym for date rape?
From a surreal editorial in Sunday's NYT:
We would lend such efforts [to stop Bush] our enthusiastic backing and hope Mr. Leahy, Mr. Durbin and other Democratic leaders are not swayed by the absurd notion circulating in Washington that the Democrats should now â€œlook aheadâ€ rather than use their new majority to right the dangerous wrongs of the last six years of Mr. Bushâ€™s one-party rule.
Liberal idiots [redundancy] are knee-jerk troglodytes that regurgitate any lunacy so long as it smears Republicans, puts America in a bad light and licks the asshole of every communist, theocrat and dictator.
No wonder my tongue tastes like shit.
UPDATE: Theocrat asshole? It smells like victory.
Not that anyone could ever replace Our Harriet, of course.
Fred Fielding is an old hand--Nixon, Reagan, Bush-Cheney transition team--but it doesn't look like he's left many fingerprints.
Although it is curious that this Fielding looks like exactly the kind of Father-figure insider whose wise counsel Bush so vehemently rejected in the already forgotten Iraq Studly Group.
I guess this means that:
1. Bush thinks he's in deep shit, legally. Read more about Fred Fielding replaces Harriet Miers