Thursday, October 27, 2005

Crimson Herring

Here's what really burns me up about the Miers withdrawal. From Bush's statement today:
I understand and share her concern, however, about the current state of the Supreme Court confirmation process. It is clear that Senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White House - disclosures that would undermine a President's ability to receive candid counsel. Harriet Miers' decision demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the Constitutional separation of powers - and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her.
It's not news that Bush seems genetically incapable of accepting the blame for anything. But because of his own precedent-setting incompetence, a loyal aide and a good person was hung out to dry needlessly. An accomplished woman will be remembered as "that failed, unqualified joke of a nominee." And at the end of it all this president lacks the cojones to stand in front of a microphone and take the blame. Instead, we get a shameful red herring about access to internal documents. This is cowardice, not leadership. And at this point, it's utterly unsurprising.

26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush, on his knees, bloodied and completely oblivious. Good Post

10/27/2005 12:17 PM  
Blogger tregen said...

agreed.

10/27/2005 1:56 PM  
Anonymous howard said...

the puzzle that future historians will have to sort out is why did such a cult of personality develop around bush? of all the people not worthy of it....

10/27/2005 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Along with the Miers withdrawal, Bush reinstated (David-Bacon Act) the fair wage for employees of Katrina contractors.

10/27/2005 2:49 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

This administration has been in a perpetual campaign for 5 years... They can't admit a mistake.

10/27/2005 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt he has ever really had to pay for a screw-up his entire life so in his world he never screws up and therefor nothing is ever his fault.

For those of us who operate in the real world and have to face consequences for our actions - this is totatlly and completely frustrating.

10/27/2005 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly amazing. Almost every single day now, too.

10/27/2005 5:28 PM  
Blogger Innes said...

OK, when is one of daddy's cronies going to step to the plate and rescue him AGAIN?

10/27/2005 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Julie Zuber said...

A pathetic human being with zero leadership qualities. To rub salt in the wound a senator, I believe it was Trent Lott, said (paraphrased) "It's time to move on, in a month nobody will ever remember Harriet Miers name." It's sickening how these people get used and then simply tossed away. There is no respect in washington today. Nobody deserves to be treated this way.

10/27/2005 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush needs to learn how the differnet branches of government work. i remember that was why he kept showing up in NO. to learn how it works. obviously he still needs to learn more.

10/27/2005 10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know how Bush is the object of a cult of personality. It is a combination of two things.
One, obviously, is a superb propaganda machine, with billions of dollars behind it. The second is that Bush has a couple of attributes which are an excellent blank canvas for propaganda work. One is that he can project great confidence; the other is that he truly has mastered the linguistic tricks of political noninformation-speak. He really controls the the discussion without ever saying anything. His fluency is COMPLETELY irrelevant. The stumbling is an almost total red herring in terms of his effectiveness, and it is something he uses to advantage with his base.

The guy DOES have a knack with words.. just not one that I particularly appreciate:)

10/28/2005 12:37 AM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Bush was nothing without 9/11.

10/28/2005 2:06 AM  
Blogger The Ignorant Investor said...

Why is Meirs not at fault here as well? There are literally thousands of lawyers in America with her background. And if she's so bright, when Bush offered her the job why didn't she say, "Uh, Mr. President- you really think nobody is going to question this decision? Maybe there's somebody else you can pick...."

10/28/2005 10:01 AM  
Anonymous paperwight said...

The transparency of this lie is particularly obvious when one recalls that the Bush Administration refused to release a lot of Roberts' documents as well, on essentially the same basis. But when it was *Democrats* asking for full disclosure, the Bush Administration told them to get stuffed.

10/28/2005 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "plan" was to have 2 proven Bush loyalists on the court and, along with Thomas & Scalia, Bush would never face legal danger.
I mean, there's the World Court for War Crimes; there might be a charge of Treason.
Come on, he's stacking the court.

10/28/2005 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copy Editor - you need to read the WaPo editorial comment on Sunday 30th by Louis L. Gould "Stop the Campaigning; The Bush White House Is in Trouble Because of Its Disdain for Governing"

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