Thursday, March 09, 2006


No, not life... I'm not capable of thinking at such high levels at the moment.

I'm thinking more about all the opposition to Bush's Dubai port deal, especially that coming from within his own party.

Being cynical, especially when it comes to matters right-wing, I have to believe the GOP guys are doing some of what we all predicted a while back:

They are distancing themselves from the president so they will be electable in the fall. They see "national security" as an issue they have controlled since 9/11/01, and they don't want to lose out to the Democrats here, so... unlike the president, they are paying attention to the polls. America tends to think this ports deal is bad, so the GOP pols are doing what Americans seem to want them to do: oppose Dubya and the administration.

I believe they are doing the right thing. Even though it will ultimately steal some of the Democrats' thunder, the POTUS needs to be opposed in as many cases as possible. If he knows his own party doesn't think he's doing the right things, what can he possibly do to keep his power during his last 2+ years in office?

I shudder to think of the possibilities...


Blogger Damien said...

Really really interested about the way this has played out, jeepers less then %5 of containers entering the states actually get fully checked - even thought they come from suspect destinations - interesting also that such a bullshit compromise was meet - Georgie must be stinging over this one.

4:44 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I probably should be more cynical but I was very pleased with how this turned out. In my opinion it was a textbook example of how representative government is supposed to work...the public was overwhelmingly against the deal and they let Congress know how they felt. Congress then took the appropriate action. I really think almost all the Senators and House members were sincere about their feelings on the subject.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Republicans distancing themselves from Bush is the best thing that Democrats could ask for. Bush is what has been keeping them in office. Really they can't win at this point, unless they cheat again, that is. That's always a failsafe backup.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Then of course there is always martial law. That's the prospect that bothers me most... It would be too convenient for another large-scale terrorist attack to happen during the next 1000-or-so days, so that Bush and his minions could suspend the Constitution, establish military rule, suspend the House and Senate, etc.

But that may just be the few shots of kahlua talking. Dubya wouldn't really do something like that now, would he?

8:46 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

First, Sheryl, it's the "again" part of your bald assertion that is questionably accurate at best.

Second, the most important step the Democrats must take to regain control of Congress is showing real leadership. Until and unless that happens, the Democrats' chances are a coin toss at best, and those odds would probably be further worsened by the inherent strength of incumbency. To believe otherwise in light of the current evidence would amount to little more than optimism, and would not necessarily be an accurate reflection of reality.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

I'm thinking more about all the opposition to Bush's Dubai port deal, especially that coming from within his own party.

Like Harriet Miers, the whole Dubai Port World thing, was just softening for the prettier, more acceptable suitor, one the president likes a whole lot better.

4:02 PM  

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