And you think I give a shit
about what you say?
Kevin Drum has this cheery bit of news
HARRY S BUSH....George Bush met with some Democratic leaders on Friday to review the recommendations of the ISG report and discuss the way forward in Iraq. However, they report back that he wasn't too interested in talking about this:
Instead, Bush began his talk by comparing himself to President Harry S Truman, who launched the Truman Doctrine to fight communism, got bogged down in the Korean War and left office unpopular.
Bush said that "in years to come they realized he was right and then his doctrine became the standard for America," recalled Senate Majority Whip-elect Richard Durbin, D-Ill. "He's trying to position himself in history and to justify those who continue to stand by him, saying sometimes if you're right you're unpopular, and be prepared for criticism."
Durbin said he challenged Bush's analogy, reminding him that Truman had the NATO alliance behind him and negotiated with his enemies at the United Nations. Durbin said that's what the Iraq Study Group is recommending that Bush do now — work more with allies and negotiate with adversaries on Iraq.
Bush, Durbin said, "reacted very strongly. He got very animated in his response" and emphasized that he is "the commander in chief."
We still have two more years left of this guy. Jeebus.
He's not going to be in office by 2008. If he rejects the ISG, the establishment are going to grease the skids for him and Cheney. While people have been parsing the report as if it mattered, or complaining about the members, they don't get the whole. Which is basically : Boy King, stop and listen.
If he refuses to listen, they will ensure he has to.
They will simply ratchet up the pressure on Bush and friends, leak more, talk about his failed, dying presidency. Toss on oversight hearings and some court cases, and Bush will be in serious trouble.
Now, I know people will argue that Bush won't care what people thing, but Poppy can see his family drifting into historical irrelevance, even infamy. Cheney will be the first to find out how the old guard can get things done. As an object lesson.
Bush is scaring people who don't scare easily. Like Jim Baker.
posted by Steve @ 10:39:00 AM