December 9, 2006


Bush Says The Iraq Study Group Agrees With His Vision For The Wartorn Nation (AP, December 9, 2006)

President Bush spoke Saturday about parts of the Iraq Study Group report that mirror his policies - but he ignored the sections that criticize his administration's handling of the war.

In his weekly radio broadcast, Bush said the bipartisan group's report presented a straightforward picture of the "grave situation we face in Iraq." He said he was pleased the panel supported his goal of an Iraq that can govern, sustain and defend itself, even though that will take time. And he said he was glad the bipartisan panel did not suggest a hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Fun watching the Moron play his betters like fiddles.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2006 11:08 AM

Then there's this example of the Stupid Party in action.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 9, 2006 1:29 PM

Why? If you oppose the war it is indeed criminal to fight it. The Commission just doesn't have the stones to say the same thing.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2006 1:39 PM

It's the gutlessness of his behavior. If anyone has been in a position to make and influence these policies, a US Senator in the majority party has to be near the top of the list. If he didn't use those opportunities wisely, it's his failure, which he's never going to admit. Instead he uses this report as cover so he can start his '008 reelection campaign early, while using the Left's talking points and code words to do it. It's one thing to have second thoughts, but this running away in panic after years of half-hearted support, I find so typical of The Invertibrate Party when it comes to ANYTHING, not just the latest election. They've been doing this [expletives deleted] for decades, and still haven't figured out that it's not the way to get ahead. See also Voinovich, Hagel, Chafee, the Maine Twins, Keating-McCain and all the other prima donnas who've put their short-term personal careers over their (and their party's and their nation's) own long term interests. They whine and cry and hold their little breaths, and of course the rest of the World' Greatest Deliberative Club acquiesces. Gotta keep those perks coming, I guess.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 9, 2006 2:08 PM

You'd hate politicians without consciences even more than ones with.

Posted by: oj at December 9, 2006 2:54 PM

What I would like to know is why the GOP party whip is still being paid. He apparently isn't doing his job if R-Smith is bold enough to say what he said.

Posted by: Bartman at December 9, 2006 6:28 PM

Part of being a Senator is surrendering one's conscience. With probably half of them thinking they can actually BE President (and almost all of them thinking they SHOULD be), there are precious few who are still capable of conscience.

There's a reason Robert Byrd is called "the conscience of the Senate". And it's not particularly good, now is it?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 9, 2006 9:58 PM

Politicians are no different than you. The same trimming you do to keep your job they do to keep theirs.

Posted by: oj at December 10, 2006 8:32 AM

While a small part of me wants to say "I resemble that remark!", I know that I don't endlessly ask people for money, I work 5 days a week (plus some Sunday nights) at least 48 weeks a year, I get pretty much instant feedback on what I produce and/or review, and I don't get any perk beyond using the internet at work.

I have had assignments where I have had to work 12-14 hours a day (6 days a week) for 2 or 3 months at a time, and I have given credit to clients for work that I did alone. Precious few politicians do that.

Now, people are people the world around. But Lord Acton speaks more to lifers like John Kerry, Chuck Schumer, and John Conyers than he does to somebody like Bill Frist or even George Bush Sr.

There's no guarantee that I wouldn't surrender my conscience were I a Senator, but I'll bet probably at least 80 of them are doing a lot more than just 'trimming'.

Posted by: ratbert at December 10, 2006 6:57 PM