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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 04:54 PM
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Josh Marshall has figured out why Rumsfeld won't be fired!
It makes perfect sense: if Rummy is fired, or if he resigns, the resulting Senate Confirmation hearings regarding a new Sec. of Def. leaves Bush* vulnerable to attack too close to Nov. 2nd!

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 04:59 PM
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1. Very good point.
So they can literally get away with murder instead. He should have gone long ago. Now Bushie* has more weight to carry.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:02 PM
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2. I hope Rangel does intro
the articles of impeachment... that will literally place them between a hard rock and a hard place... hearings for either will
raise those questions. That said DeLay and Hastert will do all they
can to stop these articles from coming to the floor
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:12 PM
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6. Hearings never make it to the floor.
PLus, I'm convinced Rummy is more valuable to our side as damaged goods.

Bake
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:03 PM
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3. He has the part about Senate hearings right, that's for sure.
I may prefer Rumdum as damaged goods around Shrub's campaign neck, come to think of it.

Particularly when you consider the likely answer to the question, "Can Shrub make Iraq worse?".

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Imalittleteapot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:05 PM
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4. How can Bush fire him?
Bush knew about the prison scandal, don't ya think? A N D, Bush only fires those that oppose him or offer him advise he doesn't want to hear. So many in the administration need to be held accountable - yet they never are. A N D, Bush is probably afraid of Rummy.
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:08 PM
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5. Excellent points!
So many possible outcomes, so few villains.

The suspense is killing me!
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:33 PM
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7. fired or not fired: they should ALL be charged
with crimes against humanity. :grr:
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natrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:20 PM
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8. that skank wolfowitless and the rest of the crew
should be held accountable for their arrogance and total lack of respect for the lessons of history
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Miss Authoritiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:42 PM
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9. Well, there are casters on the chairs.
"Let's say Rumsfeld resigns on Friday. The election is still six months away. And the nation is at war. So a new Defense Secretary would be needed more or less immediately. That would open up a very uncomfortable prospect for the administration."

Agreed. But there are a few options. Rumsfeld goes. Powell shifts over as Secretary of Defense. Maybe Rice moves up to Secretary of State. Maybe Bremer takes up Rice's spot. Not much of a change in the gene pool -- the way Bush likes it -- and these people have previously been vetted.

Just a thought.

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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 08:41 AM
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10. Sounds very plausible as Bush seemed real reluctant during the
announcement that Rummy is staying. He seemed weak, tired, and Bushed. His voice did not have the vibrant tone, more like a humble one.

He is stuck with Rummy. The albatross on the neck time.
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