December 16, 2005


BUSH TO FILL HILL IN TODAY (Ian Bishop, December 16, 2005, NY Post)

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will meet face-to-face with President Bush and military commanders today at the White House for a top-level briefing on the future of Iraq.

"I'm old-fashioned enough to believe that when the president invites you to the White House to discuss an issue of grave importance, you go. I hope to get some answers to the questions I have about what the way ahead might be," she told The Post.

The scramble to be linked to victory continues.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2005 10:46 AM

Why is the GOP doing everything they can make Hillary look reasonable? Is it because they want her to be the nominee thinking they can easily defeat her?

Posted by: AWW at December 16, 2005 12:27 PM

You'll notice that John Murtha, John Kerry, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi weren't invited.

And Howlin' Howard, well, he's probably trying to get his head out of Zarqawi's butt about now.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 16, 2005 12:30 PM

AWW: I'm gonna guess that the White House wants to keep the Congressional Democrats split on the issue of the war, to keep them fighting each other rather than uniting against the Republicans in Congress. Especially the Senate, where Republican's are about as wishy-washy as all get out.

A second guess is to get her firmly committed to fighting the war, so that if she does run, she is going to have to run on a platform of fighting and not appeasement - which will send the Moonbat Base into orbit.

Posted by: Mikey at December 16, 2005 1:01 PM

You take your support from whereever you can get it, and the White House does want to have bi-partisan support as much as possible on Iraq and the WOT, so Senate votes don't look like a bunch of Republicans plus Joe Lieberman.

On the other hand, Hillary remains the best weather vane on what the Democrats' internal poll numbers are really showing. Since she and hubby have their own available campaign money stream, the missus doesn't have to go into full pander mode to the Move.on types to maintain her primary viability, while despite the media's portrayal of Bush over the past six months as a politcal leper, Hil's polling must show that a photo op meeting with the president is still good strategy for the general election.

Posted by: John at December 16, 2005 1:24 PM

Wonder if they differentiate whether Bush invited Hillary and she then invited 14 colleagues or if Bush invited 15 senators to talk to them. Makes a difference and I would bet that Bush invited 15 senators before I would believe that Hillary invited 14 colleagues to the White House to meet with Bush. Too much chance that the photo op would go to someone else for Hillary to chance that one.

IMNSHO this is just a very very badly written article.

Posted by: dick at December 16, 2005 2:21 PM

"You keep your friends close but you keep your enemies closer'" - Don Vito Corelone

Posted by: Earl Sutherland at December 16, 2005 3:05 PM

Puzzled? Ask Rove.

Posted by: Genecis at December 16, 2005 8:44 PM

Mrs. Clinton, you're trying to seduce me.

Posted by: RC at December 17, 2005 2:36 AM