Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bush State of Denial watch: midterm elections

It's funny to see how Bush's general obliviousness to the most important matters of state (Iraq, Katrina, budget defecits, et cetera) has now spread to the upcoming midterm elections. Right now, it looks like the Republicans could get electorally slaughtered, and apparently Bush has no plan to deal with a changed political landscape where his stooges don't run everything. Sullivan:
Some Republicans think the president is out of touch with respect to the Congressional elections, and their potential aftermath. He is said to have no plan if things go awry. That's not like this president, is it? Just ask the troops risking and losing their lives because he had no plan for the post-invasion in Iraq.
Here's a quote from the USNews.com article he links to:

Some Republican strategists are increasingly upset with what they consider the overconfidence of President Bush and his senior advisers about the midterm elections November 7–a concern aggravated by the president's news conference this week.

"They aren't even planning for if they lose," says a GOP insider who informally counsels the West Wing. If Democrats win control of the House, as many analysts expect, Republicans predict that Bush's final two years in office will be marked by multiple congressional investigations and gridlock.

What about Rove, the alleged political genius behind Bush? Has he lost influence? Of course, if this is true, Rove was the one who twisted Foley's arm into running for Congress again. So maybe Rove is in the Republican doghouse at the moment.

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