Yeah, please defend the president
Governor, sorry we lost the harbor, but
we had no idea they smuggled in a bomb
to blow up the LNG terminal
Ehrlich Is Inclined To Accept Port Deal
Governor Plays Down Security Issues
By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 24, 2006; Page B05
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will try to block a United Arab Emirates company from taking over port operations in Baltimore.
Ehrlich (R) said he is continuing to review the security concerns raised by the proposed purchase by Dubai Ports World of the British company that oversees the movement of cargo containers at the Baltimore port.
But when asked yesterday if he now agrees with President Bush and supports the sale, Ehrlich said, "Clearly, the facts are moving in that direction."
The governor's view appears to be heading opposite that of Maryland Democrats, including leading state lawmakers and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, who yesterday were voicing stern opposition to any agreement that put a company owned by the United Arab Emirates in charge of stevedoring operations.
"You don't let foreign countries have access to your borders, which is exactly what this is doing," said Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert).
The fact is that this issue is like radoactive waste. You want to get the fuck away from it as fast as possible. Does he think that kissing Bush's ass will save him This issue is gutting the GOP. People are genuinely outraged by this and Ehrlich is a fool to stick with this line. As John Podhoretz said:
Rasmussen has a new poll up in which -- hold on now -- Democrats in Congress are outpolling President Bush on national security. By a margin of 43 to 41 percent, Americans say they trust Congressional Democrats more than Bush when it comes to protecting our national security. And by a margin of 64-17 percent, they oppose the sale of the ports to Dubai.
The deal is dead. It won't survive after a 45-day extension or a 450-day extension. Congressional Republicans have no choice but to be extremely aggressive and nasty toward the president and the White House, because they will be properly terrified of looking like Bush's lapdogs on a hugely unpopular matter that goes to the heart of the Republican party's political advantage in the United States.
If the White House doesn't handle this well in the next three days, the political consequences could be catastrophic.
posted by Steve @ 5:14:00 PM