Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Newsweek: An adoring Howard Fineman experiences multiple Bush-gasms

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
 
Human Torch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:15 PM
Original message
Newsweek: An adoring Howard Fineman experiences multiple Bush-gasms


George Bush's Last Campaign

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15366425/site/newsweek /



Oct. 30, 2006 issue - Backed into a corner, George W. Bush gets louder and more deeply West Texas: a high-school football coach, down by 20 points at halftime, banging on the metal lockers for inspiration. He thinks that even a trace of presidential doubt will embolden Democrats at home and evildoers in Iraq. So here he was, at a not-oversubscribed Washington fund-raiser, launching the last drive of his last campaign with grim determination and warnings of apocalypse if Democrats take Congress. "They are the party of cut and run," he said. "Victory in Iraq is vital for the security of a generation of Americans who are coming up. And so we will stay in Iraq! We will fight in Iraq! And we will win in Iraq!"

The Bush administration now administers two Green Zones, one in Baghdad and one in the White House. The question raised by both is the same: can the people inside deal with the people outside? In and around the Oval Office, I am told, there is little mention oflet alone game-planning forthe very real possibility that Democratic insurgents will win the House, and perhaps the Senate, on Nov. 7. Press secretary Tony Snow scoffed at the whole notion. "Why react to silly journalistic predispositions about the nation's destiny?" he asked me. I couldn't think of a reason except for the all-purpose one Bush's father used to cite: It might be prudent.

Bush is not incapable of dealing with legislators, even those of the other party. As governor of Texas, he got on well with the Democrats who controlled the capital, forging a few close friendships. Even after becoming president, he would sometimes materialize on former legislator Paul Sadler's cell phone. "Hey, Pablo, what's going on?" he would ask. After 9/11, Bush briefly transformed himself into a rough approximation of another Texan, Lyndon Johnsonfull of solicitude for congressional leaders of both parties. "I talked to him every day, sometimes more than once," former senator Tom Daschle told me. "We had genuine, deep conversations." They ended abruptly, Daschle and others say, once it became clear that the invasion of Afghanistan had been a military success.

Bush's newfound confidence in and focus on his role as commander in chief matched Karl Rove's my-way-or-the-highway theory of public life. He hasn't bothered to meet with Sen. John Warner, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, who recently came back from a fact-finding trip to Iraq. Watch for Warner to reward the president by declaring that American soldiers are now dying there in vain. Those who know Bush expect nothing but confrontation with a new Democratic Congressif there is one. "Clash" is the word Bush, Rove and Cheney like best. As affable as Bush can be, he has never fretted over his now-outsized reputation for secretive imperiousness in Washington. The fact is, he loathes the place. His deepest political fear is of "going native." Like a documentary film running backward, many of Bush's top aidesfrom Rove to Condi Rice to Josh Bolten to Dan Bartlettwere with him when he set up his campaign in Austin in 1999. In Texas, they call it "dancin' with the one that brung ya." In Iraq, they call it "staying the course." Now it is up to the voters to decide what to call it on election night.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:30 PM
Response to Original message
1. Lordy! I hope he has a towel or Kleenex handy.
Even an old sock.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 04:31 PM
Response to Original message
2. I can't read the whole thin now without
puking.

But one thing that just became crystal clear to me. When he talks about winning Iraq for the next generation. He is talking about the next generation of silver spooners! He believes its important oh yeah.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:04 PM
Response to Original message
3. Actually I read it as a fairly back handed slam of Bush.
Check it out.....


So here he was, at a not-oversubscribed Washington fund-raiser,

The Bush administration now administers two Green Zones, one in Baghdad and one in the White House. The question raised by both is the same: can the people inside deal with the people outside?

In Texas, they call it "dancin' with the one that brung ya." In Iraq, they call it "staying the course." Now it is up to the voters to decide what to call it on election night.


This is a very sarcastic piece. There is no love for Bush here that I can see.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Human Torch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:23 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. Perhaps...
...and maybe the intention of this part was sarcasm:

Backed into a corner, George W. Bush gets louder and more deeply West Texas: a high-school football coach, down by 20 points at halftime, banging on the metal lockers for inspiration.

...but it rubs me the wrong way to go down that road, no matter the intention. Bush isn't a tragic figure or a fallen hero. He's a lying, corrupt frat boy. Don't even waste my time by setting him up to knock him down. He's already down, Howard. Report on him being down. Save the wanking for wankers.

:patriot:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Sat Dec 27th 2014, 04:28 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC