Rumfeld resigns! Hallelujah! Of course, he should never have been appointed. And it comes years after the world called for his scalp. That’s the pace of progress.
For the first time in years, I actually had the stomach to sit through an entire Bush press conference. The MSM hounds said he looked humbled. They’ve been covering the Bush beat way too long. Didn’t look like that to me at all. Bush looked like one pissed-off bully. Like he was standing up there taking this flak because his loyal lieutenants didn’t do their jobs. He even got in a dig at Rove for not working as hard as he (Bush) did on the election. And he looked just a touch lonely, like he was now going to have to talk to people he didn’t like at all, and that there was nothing he could do about it.
Frankly, I thought his tone was combative, asserting that Democrats were now going to have “responsibility”, never mind that the president alone determines foreign policy, and congratulating Rahm Emanuel on running a disciplined campaign and getting out his voters, as though the issues had nothing to do with it. When asked about sharing power, his answer seemed to make James Baker’s commission studying Iraq strategy to be a co-equal partner with Congress. Lots of hidden bully digs in every answer to every question. Later, he had the temerity to repeat his 2000 mantra that he wanted to change the tone in Washington. I guess scorched earth only works if you control all three branches of government. Once the voters insist on accountability, it’s time for your whipping boys to forget their lash wounds, grow up, and take responsibility for things they still can’t control. Are the MSM flaks saying that this edition is toned down?
As usual, what kills me is what is not said. Nobody, NOBODY mentions that Bush met individually with each cabinet member in the last month to develop a legislative agenda for the last two years of his regime, AND that none of these meetings were to take into consideration the possibility that the Republicans would lose the Congress. Isn’t that how we got into trouble in Iraq, not acknowledging reality, and not preparing for it?