posted on Nov, 10 2006 @ 09:40 AM
The Office of President always has the advantage over the Congress, vis a vis the public relations war. This Administration can - and does - speak
with one voice. Congress, OTOH, has at least two voices. (And 38,000 employees). The Senate with its peculiar perspectives, and the House, with a
slightly different POV, due primarily to the Senate’s longer 6 year terms versus the House’s shorter 2 year term. Although politicians are always
concerned over their image, House members can never stop running. Endless fund raising is disgraceful. It takes too many members away from their
elected responsibilities for too much time. That is our fault. We do not want to pay for elections. Until we taxpayers pay, those who do pay will
continue to “own” the Congress. The 2006 election cost about $2.5 billion. About 0.09% of this years Federal budget. Less than 1/10th of 1%. Is
it worth it? The private funders of our elections think so. Do they know something we do not know?
Has Bush43 seen a new light? Was November 7 his eureka moment? Yes, but not in the way most of us thought at first. That he would be humbled, somewhat
deferential to his intellectual superiors, maybe a little bit contrite and ready to genuinely listen to and accept advice from people better informed
than he. Au contraire! Bush43 has not seen any light, other than the opportunity to put a Bush43 spin on the election and what it portends for
the American public and the world at large.
Q. Does any one really think Bush43 and Karl Rove did not know Rumsfeld was the root cause or the public focal point of the Administration's failure
in Iraq? The GOP’s albatross? Lightning rod? Fire him in October, and win the Congressional election, or fire him the day after the election and
become the real hero to the electorate as a great compromiser who truly wants to be a uniter. Recall 2000? WOW! So why do we keep saying Bush43 is so
dumb? He has literally turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse. PS. Who do you think told Virginia's George Allen to "get out of there!" even though
Virginia law made a re-count mandatory?
This election presented Bush43with a golden opportunity to get rid of a losing figure in the Pentagon without himself assuming the ultimate
responsibility for the failing program he launched with great fanfare on March 18, 2003. It’s enough to make you believe in God. That was followed
by his May 1 grandly choreographed appearance on the USS Lincoln’s flight deck under the banner “Mission Accomplished.” With our attention now
focused on Bob Gates and maybe a new approach, Bush43 has adroitly escaped his own personal accountability. FLASH! BBC news reports Bush43
looking for Rumsfeld's replacement last 6 weeks, and Bob Gates was No. 3 on the short list. Tony Snow (Fox now WH) denied that story but offered no
time-line on either the decision to let Rumsfeld go, or who should be the follow-on Sec of Def.
Example. Bush43 has asked the Senate to take up the John Bolton appointment to the United Nations. A lame duck Senate. Rejected by the voters. Does
that sound have anyone who has “taken the 12 steps” to political sobriety? Not on your life. Everyone knows the Democrats are strongly opposed to
John Bolton. That request showed me the real intentions of Bush43 and VP Cheney. They will take full advantage of the usual honeymoon period, to
regain some degree of public support, however shallow it may turn out to be. We are in for a -l o n g- 2 years.
Did you listen to Bush43 in the Rumsfeld “firing” news conference? He read a speech written by a committee which sounded very much like he,
Bush43, was reaching out to the newly empowered Democrats. Then the real Bushr43 spoke extemporaneously in response to questions. At every
opportunity, he re-asserted that our goal in Iraq was “victory” and that we would continue to do what is needed in the war on terrorism. He never
slowed to offer a definition of “victory” nor how he would approach the WOT after the public rebuke of his policies in this election. He did not
make a single concession and he reaffirmed over and over his policy which has not changed since the Nine Eleven Event.
Finally, did you watch the tv interview of Speaker to be Nancy Pelosi with Bush43 in the White House, after a luncheon? He tried very deftly to co-opt
Mrs. Pelosi by asserting in her presence that they would work together to achieve his goals! Only politeness and respect for the office - not this
occupant - on her part prevented her from rebuking Bush43 on national tv. Nancy, like Tony Blair, has become Bush43's ‘designated driver’ while
he wobbles into history looking more like a drunken sailor than an AWOL Air Guardsman!
And more decent people strive mightly to undo and to fix his many messes. Say No Thanks, George, You Did Us Wrong!
[edit on 11/10/2006 by donwhite]