The rest of the country is catching up with something many well-informed folks have known for some time. The Bush Administration is a freaking nightmare and unmitigated disaster. And it may be likely that Bush is stark raving mad as is most of his rubber stamping enablers, specifically SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON
POLLS SHOW CONGRESS COULD CHANGE IN 2006
Of course the Republicans will try to rig the election as they always do. My advice, vote absentee. LS
Most Americans believe the GOP-controlled Congress has been a failure and say they plan to vote for Democrats in November, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Fifty-three percent of registered voters polled by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN said they were supporting Democrats, while 40 percent said they were leaning Republican. The remaining 7 percent either planned to support another party or had no opinion.
AMERICANS FINALLY REALIZE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS A CATEGORICAL NIGHTMARE
ROVE MUST BE WORRIED ABOUT HIS JOB. HE HAS OFFERED TO HELP LIEBERMAN. LOL......
Enter the Rovian world of the sick and twisted. Of course he is trying to manipulate a civil war within the Democratic Party. In his desperation to be relevant, Rove will try to spin a fake "rift" in our party, scare us about another impending 9/11 attack, and blah, blah, blah, yawn and ho-hum, but sadly and cynically and contemptuously, at the expense of truth, our democracy, our national security and our stature in the world. Rove obviously possesses no morals, nor a shred of principle or integrity. He is merely fixated like a robot on winning. We need to get the Rove types out the political process. It should be rather obvious that his ilk represents a great threat to our democracy and national security. LS
According to a close Lieberman adviser, the President's political guru, Karl Rove, has reached out to the Lieberman camp with a message straight from the Oval Office: "The boss wants to help. Whatever we can do, we will do."
But in a year where even some Republican candidates are running away from the President on the campaign trail, does this offer have any value to Lieberman? Still smarting from all that coverage of "the kiss" at last year's State of the Union, the Lieberman camp isn't looking for an explicit endorsement. That could create more problems than it solves.
TWISTED ROVE WANTS TO HELP LIEBERMAN
LOU DOBBS OF CNN CALLS BUSH ON HIS FAKE PLEDGE ON BORDER SECURITY
CNN DOBBS CALLS BUSH ON HIS FAKE PLEDGE ON NATIONAL SECURITY
UH OH! You know we are in deep you know what when James Baker enters the scene. Now we know for certain, not that many of us had a moment's doubt from Day One, that Iraq is an unmitigated disaster and human catastrophe.
“A Higher Power: James Baker Puts Bush's Iraq Policy Into Rehab.”
From Truthout.org via The Washington Monthly, written by Mr. Robert Dreyfuss.
Since March, Baker, backed by a team of experienced national-security hands, has been busily at work trying to devise a fresh set of policies to help the president chart a new course in - or, perhaps, to get the hell out of - Iraq. But as with all things involving James Baker, there's a deeper political agenda at work as well. "Baker is primarily motivated by his desire to avoid a war at home - that things will fall apart not on the battlefield but at home. So he wants a ceasefire in American politics," a member of one of the commission's working groups told me. Specifically, he said, if the Democrats win back one or both houses of Congress in November, they would unleash a series of investigative hearings on Iraq, the war on terrorism, and civil liberties that could fatally weaken the administration and remove the last props of political support for the war, setting the stage for a potential Republican electoral disaster in 2008. "I guess there are people in the [Republican] party, on the Hill and in the White House, who see a political train wreck coming, and they've called in Baker to try to reroute the train."
The fact that Baker is involved has sent the Washington rumor mill buzzing with the theory that the commission is really a Trojan Horse for the views of Baker's friend and former boss, George H.W. Bush. It has been widely speculated that the former president never agreed with his son's decision to invade Iraq, and the son appears to have repaid that perceived dissent by largely refusing to reach out to his father for advice on national security, despite the elder Bush's knowledge and experience. In any case, for reasons that may be Oedipal or that may have to do with neoconservatives' disdain for realists associated with Bush 41, or both, Bush 43 has so far kept the 41 circle at arm's length - including Baker; his confrere Brent Scowcroft; and even, during his ill-fated tenure as secretary of state, Colin Powell. But with the situation in Iraq sliding towards irretrievable chaos, a moment of receptivity may have arrived.
It's hard to know what the commission is really up to because its inner workings are nearly as secretive as those of the White House. Baker has imposed an ironclad gag order on all of its participants. The 60 people involved in the effort have been instructed, in the strongest of terms, not to comment to reporters on the task force's work. Every one of the participants I spoke to flatly refused to comment for the record, and several did not want to talk even off the record. Some were palpably nervous. "We're not allowed to talk about it," said one person involved. "We get about every month a warning: 'Do not discuss in any context the substance of what is happening in this group.' You know how bad it is? Initially they wanted us to end all of our contacts with the media, make no statements, write no op-eds - in other words, become monks. Then they realized, how can you take the entire community of Iraq experts in the United States and have them all stop talking?"
Baker's commission - officially called the Iraq Study Group - was created in March by Congress at the instigation of Rep. Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican. After his third trip to Iraq last year, Wolf started contacting members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, urging the creation of a high-powered, private task force to take a fresh look at the mess in Iraq. "If you had a very serious illness...and you weren't completely comfortable that everything was going the way you hoped, you'd certainly want to get a second opinion," Wolf told me. At least 30 members of Congress supported the idea, including Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.). According to participants in the task force, a key silent partner with Wolf in putting it together was his Virginia Republican colleague, Sen. John Warner, the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services committee.
THINGS ARE SO BAD FOR BUSH THAT BAKER IS CALLED IN TO FIX THE MESS IN IRAQ