This morning I read Boston Herald's "No Surprise: Oct. Follies Arrive"
Over the weekend I was reading the news and it hit me. I know what Rove has up his sleeve, I know why he and the President are so upbeat and downright buoyant about the November elections.
Wapo's article is what galvanized my brain into high gear.
Amid widespread panic in the Republican establishment about the coming midterm elections, there are two people whose confidence about GOP prospects strikes even their closest allies as almost inexplicably upbeat: President Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove.
I thought to myself, they must have justification for being calm amid what Wapo calls "widespread panic". I read a little farther.
The Mark Foley page scandal and its fallout have many Republicans panicked, but Rove professes to be taking it in stride. "The data we are seeing from individual races and the national polls would tend to indicate that people can divorce Foley's personal action from the party," he said in a brief interview Thursday.
Made sense, and that may be enough to be optimistic, but not "upbeat". There must be more. There is.
Wapo also had additional article called "Confessions of a Defeatocrat"
"Vice President Cheney has accused Democrats of "self-defeating pessimism." Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has faulted us for believing that "vicious extremists can be appeased." The White House calls Democrats the party of "cut and run."
It's all baseless name-calling, and it's all wrong. Unless, of course, being a Defeatocrat means taking a good hard look at the administration's Iraq policy and determining that it's a failure.
In that case, count me in. Because Democrats recognize that we're headed for a far greater disaster in Iraq if we don't change course -- and soon. This is not defeatism. This is realism."
Now, lets take a look at Murtha for a second here. I did, pulled up every scrap of information I could get on the Democrat from Pennsylvania.
Murtha voted for the 10 October 2002 resolution that as a last resort authorized the use of force against Iraq. However, he later began expressing doubts about the war. On 17 March 2004, when Republicans offered a “War in Iraq Anniversary Resolution” that “affirms that the United States and the world have been made safer with the removal of Saddam Hussein and his regime from power in Iraq”, Murtha called for a recorded vote and then voted against it.
Still, in early 2005 Murtha argued against the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. “A premature withdrawal of our troops based on a political timetable could rapidly devolve into a civil war which would leave America’s foreign policy in disarray as countries question not only America’s judgment but also its perseverance”, he stated.
In May 2005, he said that the problems that the military had in Iraq were due to a “lack of planning” by Pentagon chiefs and “the direction has got to be changed or it is unwinnable”.
On 17 November 2005, he touched off a firestorm when he called for the redeployment of U.S. troops in Iraq, saying the “military has accomplished its mission and done its duty.”
Well, the picture was getting brighter and bright in my head of exactly what Rove was up to.... diabolical really.
WOW, are we sure this guys name isn't KERRY??? Talk about flip flopping all over the place. Here is another Democrat that has opinions that change depending on how close to elections we are.
Fox did an interiew with Kerry over the weekend also, and they brought up a few of the issues I pointed out in yesterdays post "Kerry's Consistent Inconsistencies"
So, we had an upbeat Bush and Rove, Murtha's defeatism, Kerry flopping around like a fish and there was still MORE!!!!!
We have Howard Dean's comment ""The idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong." (sounds like defeatism to me)
Then Kerry again "I would do precisely — I would do precisely what I said for the last five years consistently, which is engage in bilateral, face-to-face negotiations with North Korea, make it absolutely clear to North Korea that we are not intending to invade and have a regime change, and work on the entire set of issues that are outstanding since the armistice with regard to the north. (So Kerry wants bilateral, face to face negotiations with NK....ummmmm, isn't that what Clinton did with his appeasement plan that failed?)
Then Pelosi speaks "... in an age when politicians can't seem to get enough camera time, Pelosi is a bit more selective. She makes the rounds of the Sunday-morning shows, and even went on "Letterman." But she isn't a regular face on cable TV, where aggressive hosts would try to prod her off message and viewers would have time to take her measure and form strong (possibly negative) opinions about her. "Two thirds of the public have absolutely no idea who I am," Pelosi tells Newsweek. "I see that as a strength. This isn't about me. It's about Democrats."
As The New Editor comments : Think about that for a moment. A politician who is seeking to become Speaker of the House, and thus, third in line for presidential succession, thinks the fact that "Two thirds of the public have absolutely no idea who I am" is a strength.
Still more from Hillary Clinton's adviser: A note from top McCain adviser John Weaver concerning the Hillary Clinton adviser who told the New York Times's Maureen Dowd that, in criticizing the Clinton administration's record on North Korea, Sen. McCain was mouthing the White House line and "looking similar to the way he did on those captive tapes from Hanoi, where he recited the names of his crew mates":
Then of course she apologized: Senator Clinton did call John while he was entering the Navy/Rutgers game today [Saturday] and apologized. He accepted her apology. We do as well, though like President Reagan, we will trust, but verify. She is correct in saying that the comment was reprehensible.
Is everyone beginning to get a sense of what Rove's October Surprise is yet? His diabolical plan? The ace that Karl Rove has up his sleeve? It is "THE DEMOCRATS"!!!!!
That is all he or the White House needs. The Democrats. Every time one of them open their mouths, they put their foot into it, then to make matters worse, they open it again and switch feet. I believe the disease is called Hoof and Mouth disease.
My related article: Bush and Rove Not Worried.
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