The GOP IS the problem
Jim Vandehei has published an article in the Washington Post
that talks about how the GOP has been secretly disenchanted with President Bush for some time, and how they are just now getting around to venting some of their frustrations with the administration. One question I have: does Jim Vandehei actually believe all the stuff he has written in this article? I think this may just be one more example of the GOP using the media, like they used the media in the run up to the Iraq war. Now Jim Vandehei is saying that, oh the Republican-led Congress really didn’t like the president all that much, but they went along with him anyway, implying that now if we just give them a chance they’re going to change. I think this is an election year strategy to rehabilitate the image of the Republicans in Congress, and to keep the midterm elections from turning into the disaster for them that seems to be looming. And I wonder if Jim Vandehei is unwittingly helping that strategy, in somewhat the same way that Judith Miller aided the White House strategy by publishing articles about Iraq leading up to the war. Does anyone actually believe that the Republicans do anything that is not politically motivated? Does anyone actually believe that the Republicans would be talking candidly to Jim Vandehei if they didn’t think it would help them POLITICALLY?
I believe some of what the article says. I believe that some GOP members of Congress are worried about reelection. And I believe they want to distance themselves from the president so they aren’t defeated in November in a sort of reverse coattail effect, swept out of office instead of into office on the basis of the president’s un-popularity. The Republicans would do anything to win, and they don’t deserve to win. Everything that is wrong with America is their fault. Besides, sometimes things get so bad that you just have to clean house and start over. Let’s clean house in November, elect a lot of Democrats, and let the healing begin.
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