Friday, November 10, 2006

What I've Been Thinking About

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." ~ Ronald Reagan

So, Lincoln Chaffee is considering a move from the Republican party to the Democratic party.

There's a shocker for you!

Considering that through the years Mr. Chaffee has acted more like a Democrat than half of the Democrats in the party, I'd say this move was a little late in coming. Good riddance as far as I'm concerned. He has been an Albatross around the Republican Party's neck far too long.

Bon voyage, Mr. Chaffee, and don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.

I don't understand the rationale behind the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld. Seems to me the timing of this announcement did the Bush administration no favors at all. If the Democrats weren't already riding a high, Rumsfeld has to go and sweeten the victory for them. I don't get it.

He has been under a relentless barrage of unwarranted and undeserved attacks since becoming Secretary of Defense and has handled them better than any Democrat would, refusing to attack back or use the Democrats favorite argument of using ad hominen attacks to distract the American people from the real issue.

So why now? Acquiescence?

I think it is a bad move by the Bush administration to ask for his resignation, particularly at this time.

This will undoubtedly be seen as another coup for the Democrats. I see this as a lose/lose situation at this point.

I have heard that the reason that Rummy is stepping down now is to boost Bush's approval ratings and avoid a lame duck Presidency, but if that is true, I would be very disappointed with Bush. I thought he had more heart and integrity than that. I certainly hope there is a more valid reason than just to boost the Presidents popularity. That sounds more like something a Democrat would do.

Well, like I said, I don't understand this move by Rumsfeld. I suppose it's politics.

And politics really is a dirty business.

15 comments:

Vigilante said...

Rumsfeld has been wrong for America in so many ways. But he has been eloquently so. A perfect foil. Personally, I will be sorry to see him go.

Dan Trabue said...

"If the Democrats weren't already riding a high, Rumsfeld has to go and sweeten the victory for them."

You know, I did something Wednesday that I don't think I've done in nearly seven years: I felt gratitude to GWBush! He truly sweetened the day for me.

I, too, wondered why he'd do this. My guess? Rumsfeld figures he'll be less prosecutable for possible war crimes if he's out of the picture.

Mark said...

Pretty hard to prosecute anyone for a crime when no crime has been committed.

If any crimes have been committed they were committed by the Islamo-fascists against America, but the Dems support them.

Dan Trabue said...

No crimes committed?

Well, we'll just have to see about that, won't we? I truly hope you're correct - that Bush's invasion of Iraq was just a series of hopelessly imbecilic mistakes and missteps.

But many of us who voted for a change of policy think Team Bush's actions look questionable enough as to warrant investigations.

So, we shall see...

Marie's Two Cents said...

There is a very valid reason Mark,

There are no more "Punching Bags" for the Democrats to use! They are now on thier own. And now they MUST prove themselves. I would personally like to see them start by sending a strong, clear message to Al-Qaeda.

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Its not uncommon for any administration to have several defense Secretaries, Rummy actually stayed longer than most. Your right it is political but I also know that he has tried to resign five other times and Bush refused. The timing of this one seems to work with the election but I don't think it had anything to do with it. If Bush were looking to use this as an election advantage he most likely would have accepted the resignation months ago which might or might not have helped. I just think that he and Bush felt it was time for a change.

BB-Idaho said...

Chafee is too liberal to be GOP
(Hagel & Snow probably also). Along those lines, Leiberman is too
conservative for Dems..so they switch parties. Voters do also, although with more frequency. Party loyalty can be admirable, but
personal principles come first.
BTW, this dem does not support
Islamo-facists, nor can I think of any that do.

RoxieAmerica said...

Did Rummy mishandle the war, or are Democrats minimizing and denying the reality of Islamic terrorism? History will answer this question, but I would say that it may not look kindly on the Democrats if they fail to protect the nation.

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The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

So, Lincoln Chaffee is considering a move from the Republican party to the Democratic party.


You mean...he isn't already? What a liability he's been to the GOP. Didn't he even vote for Kerry in 2004?

As for dirk star, what a flyweight. He's the perfect example of the DU-type sore winner Mike's America is talking about. A whiny bitch when his side loses, carrying on about voter fraud and stolen elections; and an obnoxious brat when his side wins.

Jim said...

Roxie said, "Did Rummy mishandle the war, or are Democrats minimizing and denying the reality of Islamic terrorism?"

It's not an either or question. They are not related.

That said, Rummy had control of every aspect of the war from the American side. And he f**ked it up royally. Too few troops. Fired the Iraqi army leaving hundreds of thousands of pissed off, unemployed gun owners. Authorized the controversial treatment of prisoners at Abu Gahreb. And purposely made no plans for Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam.

Total, unquestionable f**k up.

Jim said...

Mark said, "the Democrats favorite argument of using ad hominen attacks".

I have not heard one Democrat make an ad hominem attack. An ad hominem attack is a personal attack rather than an an attack on policy, actions, or ideas. Nobody criticized Rummy's hair, face, sex life, intelligence, life style, clothing, weight, family lineage, or anything like it. That's what Republics do.

They criticized his mis-management of the war which is totally legitimate.

Lone Ranger said...

Thank you for reminding us, Dirk, that liberals are just as mean-spirited when the win as when the lose.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

That Reagan quote is among my favorite of all his quotes and oh, so true.

I am beyond sad to see Rummy go!! Whereas I am in complete agreement that Chafee shouldn't let the door hit him on his dumb ass on the way out :-)!!

tugboatcapn said...

Maybe It's just my imagination, but doesn't Dirk Star look exactly like Frank Zappa?

Makes about as much sense, too.

THE bright spot in Tuesday's Elections was the fact that we got rid of Chafee and Mike DeWine.

Now if we can get rid of John McCain, we might be able to get ourselves back on track.