Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Toady Tent

The White House has tried to rev up its base in various ways. Bush has given interviews to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, the Wall Street Journal's Paul Gigot and groups of conservative columnists and talk show hosts. Cheney appeared last week on Rush Limbaugh's radio show and yesterday gave an interview to conservative television and radio commentator Sean Hannity.

To maximize the blitz, the White House set up a tent on the north lawn yesterday and let 41 talk radio hosts broadcast live during the day. Since it was on government property, "Radio Day" included outlets such as National Public Radio, but "it's mostly conservative talk," White House press secretary Tony Snow said. "This is a chance to talk to people and get heard," said Snow, a former talk show host who did more than 20 interviews yesterday and has also been dispatched to talk to conservative Internet sites such as the Power Line blog.

Rove wandered into the tent with a piece of paper guiding him to a dozen interviews yesterday. Others on hand included Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, presidential counselor Dan Bartlett, White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend and budget director Rob Portman.

Iraq was a subject of discussion as officials tried to explain Bush's evolving rhetoric. Snow minimized the decision to no longer describe Bush's policy as "stay the course," telling Fox that he found only eight times when Bush used the phrase. The liberal Center for American Progress then quickly posted a list of 30 instances when Bush argued to "stay the course." And Rumsfeld told Hannity that it is "nonsense" to say Bush is "backing away from 'stay the course,' " saying he only wants to avoid confusion.
While almost the entire administration was busy working the Toady Tent, making sure Hugh Hewitt and Powerline had the talking points straight, and parsing "stay the course," this was happening.

It's inconceivable that anyone believes "supporting the troops" is in any way consistent with leaving this bunch in control of them.


Anonymous goldhorder said...

As Kissinger is quoted "Military men are dumb stupid animals, to be used as pawns in foreign policy decisions"

10/25/2006 10:39 AM  
Anonymous kilfarsnar said...

Nice quote Goldhorder. It is just that sentiment that keeps me from ever joining the military. I don't agree that they are dumb stupid animals. but it has been demonstrated that that is how they are used. I'm all set with that, thanks.

10/25/2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

They support their power.

10/25/2006 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The beat goes on . . .

10/25/2006 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me, there are no more surprises.

10/25/2006 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

goldhorder, do you have a link for the kissy quote please...please post...let everyone around that tent spend an afternoon looking at carla del ponte...theyll be pacifists after 2 hours of her face...

10/26/2006 1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's inconceivable that anyone believes "supporting the troops" is in any way consistent with leaving this bunch in control of them"

And yet like 20-30% of the country (at least) believe exactly this.

And they would write TCR off easily as a "New York elitist liberal" or something like that, conservative credentials be damned.

10/26/2006 4:29 AM  
Anonymous Lord said...

Accountability without consequences, benchmarks without timetables, and reponsibility without results. It's the new politics.

10/26/2006 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sadly, toady or not, it works.
i was listening to npr. it was all about carl rove the rogue and ken melman the mephistopheles.
they are good i admit.

10/26/2006 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dems would benefit with some help from the chap who made the foley eric cartman/clinton clips from the site... think he knows how to do it...

10/26/2006 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10/26/2006 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

Any mention of the fabled "Cure All" bottled elixir that's so often peddled at these tent shows?

10/27/2006 1:23 AM  
Anonymous KevinNYC said...

Anyone remember when the Bush White House spent about 3-4 days prepping for the Mission Accomplished stunt? They made the banner, the white house cinematographer went on board early to get the best angle and test the sunset, I believe Bush had to undergo a lot of flight training so he could fly 30 miles off the coast of San Diego. At the time, I kept wondering if that time could be better spent. You know trying win the war, perhaps.

10/27/2006 1:56 AM  
Anonymous Barry said...

"..., I believe Bush had to undergo a lot of flight training so he could fly 30 miles off the coast of San Diego. "

He didn't fly; the other guy did. There's no way that somebody who hadn't flown in 30 years, and had never made a carrier landing, was going to do that. They realized that 90% of Americans wouldn't realize that there are two seats in that jet, or which seat is the pilot's seat.

10/27/2006 9:28 AM  
Blogger Lifetime Fiscal Conservative said...

From CNN...

The White House said today that Vice President Dick Cheney was not talking about a torture technique known as "water boarding" when he said dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a "no-brainer."

And to think, roughly 1/3 of the country actually believes what these guys say!

10/27/2006 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He didn't fly; the other guy did."

That whole stunt was so ridiculous. In fact, if I was a president with extensive flight experience and 100 carrier landings, I would not have agreed to do something as cheesy as that. I would have been too embarassed. But that's just me.

10/27/2006 9:40 PM  
Anonymous KevinNYC said...

I know he didn't fly, but he still had to undergo training for that type of flight. It was pretty well covered that Bush was a passenger and the other guy was the pilot. It was televised that way.

10/28/2006 12:34 AM  
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