October 26, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
The US is no longer in the business of "staying the course." And according to the President, "we've never been 'stay the course'." (video:youtube)

Never? It'd odd that the President would flip-flop on one of his most memorable catch-phrases; I'm just waiting for the president to come out and say that he never suggested that we go to war in Iraq, just to be on the same side as the American people. That, at least, would be consistent.

Dick Meyer of had this to say:

So, when President Bush said in most of his public appearances over the past year or so that America needed to "stay the course" in Iraq, he didn't mean that America needed to "stay the course" in Iraq. In no way was he supporting a "stay the course" policy.

So it must follow that when the president accused the Democrats of wanting to "cut and run" in Iraq, he was not accusing the Democrats of wanting to "cut and run" in Iraq. He must have meant something very different.

With elections coming up on November 7th, and the polls currently demonstrating that the Democrats are worthy contenders in the Governor (27-21), Senate (48-48), and House (219-193) races, the Republicans appear to be getting desperate.

To distract the voters, Rove has launched a campaign to sell America on the vibrancy reported to have broken out in the US economy. Now that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is now hovering circa 10% above its level when Bush took office, Rove is calling it an economic miracle. Now that 6.6 million jobs have been created in the same period of time as it took Bill Clinton's administration to create over 9 million jobs, Rove is attempting to sell the US economy to the voters as a triumph for Bush and the Republicans. Pity him, for Rove has little choice, now that Iraq has gone pear-shaped.

Update: And of course, some folks might think that building a 700 mile fence on the Texas border is an act of desperation as well, considering that a Democrat is leading the polls in the House race in Texas' 17th district...
np category: politics


Mark Glesne said:
My reader reads as follows for your feed:

"An error occured fetching the feed.
Error Message: Failed to parse RSS file. (Invalid character at line 57, column 2922)"

I asked one of our developers if it's a reader problem, or a feed problem. He thinks you might have a stray "&" somewhere. Or something else that isn't XML valid.


October 27, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Fixed. This happens when I copy/paste from other sources that include non-XML friendly characters. Boo. I'll have to write some code to catch those.
October 27, 2006

Mark Glesne said:
Haha, no worries. Just glad to have my 'cynical feed' back!


October 27, 2006

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