Friday, October 13, 2006

"Bush Is Said to Have No Plan if GOP Loses"

From US Snooze:
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.

"The Bush White House has had no relationship with Congress," said a Bush ally. "Beyond the Democrats, wait till they see how the Republicans–the ones that survive–treat them if they lose next month." GOP insiders are upset by Bush's seeming inability to come up with new ideas or fresh approaches.
Maybe I'm being cynical here, but why have a plan if the GOP loses? Anything he wants to do won't get through a Democratic Congress anyway. Plus, he's consulted with the current GOP Congress on very little, so nothing would change there.

Gridlock in and of itself doesn't bother me. The less that comes out of Washington, the better. What I fear, though, is Dems stonewalling or stopping judicial nominees, curtailing the most effective counterterrorism methods we have today, and imposition of the Fairness Doctrine (though I'd like to think Bush would dust off the ol' veto pen for a second time were that to happen).

So why should Bush have a plan to co-exist with people who hate him more than they do Al Qaeda?