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Republican Euphoria?

OK, if you listen to Rush and Sean, or read Drudge, you’re aware of the euphoria surrounding conservatives these days. The Republican Party seems beside it in glee because of the “turnaround” that supposedly has taken place in June for President Bush.

Let me make clear up front that I think Democrats are overly optimistic about the fall and are not likely to make the dramatic gains they hope for, especially with people like John Murtha, whom I admire, already planning to run for Speaker. history shows us that if there’s any way for Democrats to blow things, they will.

But what about this Republican euphoria? Look at the examples. They held on to a Congressional seat in …. SAN DIEGO? Oh, boy. When was the last time a Democrat won in San Diego? It’s not exactly a strong litmus test, is it?

And then there’s my favorite. Bush made a triumphant visit to Iraq for five hours — which is five hours longer than he ever spent in Viet Nam. Why was this such a triumph? What exactly was accomplished????? It was a photo op, people.

And, yes, the economy seems to be doing better, but Republicans never gave Clinton credit for his great economy and all the surplus he created, so why does Bush get credit for his? And what about that huge deficit? Didn’t see that under Clinton.

Karl Rove isn’t going to be indicted, but what about Cheney? And does anyone truly believe that someone in the Bush administration didn’t put a CIA agent at risk? Again, if this had happened under Clinton . . . . .

Meanwhile, Media Matters reminds us that all is not well in Bush’s World:

Ongoing violence in Iraq. Since Zarqawi’s death on June 8, insurgent attacks on the U.S. military, Iraqi civilians, and Iraqi police forces have continued unabated. On June 10, a U.S. soldier was killed while on patrol in Diwaniya. A series of bombs rippled across Baghdad on June 12, killing 27 Iraqis. On June 13, dozens died during rush hour bombings in Kirkuk and an Iraqi journalist was murdered by gunmen in Fallujah. On June 14, a car bomb targeting Iraqi police killed two in Baghdad.
Escalating violence in Afghanistan. As Salon.com reported on June 14: “Violence in Afghanistan has recently spiked, mainly in the south, as the remnants of the Taliban have been increasingly successful in their insurgency. In the past three weeks, the country has seen some of the worst fighting since the fall of the Taliban.” One U.S. soldier and one coalition soldier were killed in Afghanistan on June 13 as U.S. and coalition troops prepared to launch a major offensive against Taliban militants in the country’s southern provinces.

Haditha massacre. The military is currently investigating a company of U.S. Marines for “possible war crimes” arising from a November 19 incident in the Iraqi town of Haditha in which one soldier and 24 Iraqis died. While the company originally reported that the deaths were the result of an improvised explosive device and a subsequent firefight, eyewitnesses have alleged that the Marines murdered the civilians, including several small children.

Guantánamo uproar. After three detainees committed suicide in their cells on June 10 at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, deputy assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy Colleen P. Graffy called the suicides a “good PR move to draw attention.” The comments quickly sparked an international uproar and renewed calls for the closure of the detention facility.

Slowing economy. A five-week retreat in stock prices has erased the 2006 gains in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the Nasdaq Composite Index. In its survey of U.S. economic conditions released on June 14, the Federal Reserve found that “[t]he economy flashed signs of slower growth heading into the summer but that didn’t help alleviate inflation concerns,” according to the Associated Press. Such concerns were fueled by the Department of Labor’s announcements in recent days of increases in both the Consumer Price Index and the Producer Price Indexes.

Trials of White House aides. David Safavian, the former chief federal procurement officer for the Bush White House, is currently standing trial on charges that he lied to government investigators about his dealings with disgraced former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In October 2005, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, was indicted by the federal grand jury investigating the CIA leak case on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and false statements relating to special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald’s investigation. Libby is currently preparing for trial, during which Fitzgerald may call several high-level Bush administration officials — including Cheney — as witnesses.

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  1. Rich from Paso
    June 15, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Okay, Dave, you’re right in the sense that prospects for taking over the House and Senate were never rosy enough for Nancy Pelosi to start picking out curtains for her Speaker of the House office, but they never were that bad for Bush either.

    San Diego was important for the Republicans to win for two reasons: 1) it shattered the Democrats faith in the “culture of Corruption” campaign theme. The Republicans retained the seat the Dems thought they were going to win because of the Duke Cunningham conviction. 2) The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee spent $4 million to try to win that seat. With the scant collections that the DNC has raised under Dean, that $4 million is going to be sorely missed on a race they lost.
    Sure, the RNC spent about $3 million on that race and true, the race turned Blbray’s way when Busby got caught endorsing illegal behavior to an “undocumented” worker, but the republicans have momemtum going into the summer and more cash to spend than the Dems do.

    Still took balls for Bush to fly into baghdad, no matter what you say.

    Admire Jack Murtha? You must be easily impressed. There are easily a dozen more admirable Vietnam veterans than Jack Murtha and they all have the distinction of not prejudging the Marines in the Haditha case until all of the facts are in. Murtha is just an angry old man with an axe to grind against Bush. As I have said before, Jack Murtha may have served 40 years ago, but he doesn’t have a clue about what drives a 21st century all-volunteer military servicemember. The last thing you’d think Murtha, a guy like hundreds of thousands of other Vietnam veterans who were denied victory despite their sacrifices in Vietnam, would want is to quit when victory is so close at hand. Everyone who knows their history knows that we fought a five year long counter-insurgency campaign with German insurgents after WWII. This is no different.

    I think if the economy “slowing” (if it is in fact doing that) it has more to do with: a) the stock market is concerned with Bernacke and the constant hunt by the Federal Reserve for the inflation boogeymann, real or imagined, and b: the kooks in Iran mucking things up with their nuclear ambitions and whether we will attack or not. Both things make even the biggest risk takers cautious.

    Things are never as bad as you might think, nor are they as good. They usually are somewhere in between. I have to think though, Dave, that you almost want it to be bad with your posts of late. Let me see: you had “How low can Bush go? How about 32%”, “This adminsitration may be over”, “The anti-Rumsfeld Chorus grows”, “Yes, he would” (about the B.S. of whether Bush would nuke Iran or not), and “The New York Times says it all about Iraq” (which was about the supposed slide toward civil war and the ineffectiveness of PM al-Jafaari, neither of which is currently going on in Iraq). You sound like you have a little zeitenfreud (forgive me if I don’t know how to spell German words properly) or “taking pleasure in other people’s misery”. Dave, you sound like you enjoy hearing bad news about Bush, about Repulicans and and about Iraq. Why always so gloomy with your posts? Is there no good news to talk about or is it just to stir controversy and debate. Never saw a “Democrat Euphoria?” post during all of the talk of the Dems taking both houses two weeks ago. Dave, it sounds like you could use a dose of the Fairness Doctrine yourself. Where’s your equal time or am I, the New Tone in SLO and Jery D in AZ it?

    Have a nice day, my friend.

  2. Rich from Paso
    June 15, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    Something else to buildon the DemoCAN’Ts doom and gloom. It’s about how the insurgents are also down in the mouth about the way things are going in Iraq. Read and weep here. The insurgents sound so blue, you’d think they had been out of power for the last 12 years as well.

  3. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    June 17, 2006 at 1:11 am

    Dave,

    I don’t know if you really believe what you write on here, or are just trying to stir people up and to have others that agree with you creep out of hiding to put in a few words that they cut and pasted off of the daily KOS. I still want someone to answer how the most brilliant and well spoken Michelle Dostier echoed a caller to Rush Limbaugh, and Limbaugh produced facts to refute the whole idea. What at Moose-owee doing in Iraq with Al-Queda when we brought the terrorists there in the first place? That was a great one.

  4. Anonymous
    June 17, 2006 at 2:42 am

    Jerry head on over to http://www.sailinganarchy.com and play with the big boys on the political forum. You’ll be crying like a little baby after you get spanked repeatedly for your stupid comments. Brett

  5. Anonymous
    June 17, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Um, I went to the anarchy website, but was kicked out because I was now carrying my secret ring and wearing my aluminum foil hat.

  6. Anonymous
    June 17, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    “Um, I went to the anarchy website, but was kicked out because I was now carrying my secret ring and wearing my aluminum foil hat.”

    Oh, don’t worry there are others there that are part of your group. You’ll be welcome with open arms. Don’t be a pussy. See what’s it’s like to your thoughts actually challenged by others. What are you skeeerred?. Brett

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