Maureen Dowd on Bush Running to Daddy

Maureen Dowd notes that Bush has had to move more in the direction of his father (who opposed going into Iraq to begin with) and is now making u-turns. Flip flops might have been a better description:

“They had to bring in someone from the old gang,” said someone from the old gang. “That has to make Junior uneasy. With Bob, the door is opened again to 41 and Baker and Brent.”

W. had no choice but to make an Oedipal U-turn. He couldn’t let Nancy Pelosi subpoena the cranky Rummy for hearings on Iraq. “He’s not exactly Mr. Charming or Mr. Truthful, and he’d be on TV saying something stupid,” said a Bush 41 official. “Bob can just go up to the Hill and say: ‘I don’t know. I wasn’t there when that happened.’ ”

Bob Gates, his friends say, had been worried about the belligerent, arrogant, ideological style of Rummy & Cheney from the start. He fretted at the way W.’s so-called foreign policy “dream team” — including his old staffer and fellow Soviet expert Condi — made it up as they went along, even though that had been their complaint about the Clinton foreign policy team. A realpolitik advocate like his mentor, General Scowcroft, he was critical of a linear, moralizing style that disdained nuance, demoted diplomacy and inflated villains. In 2004, he publicly questioned the administration’s approach to Iran.

While Vice went off to a corner to lick his wounds, W. was forced to do his best imitation of his dad yesterday, talking about “bipartisan outreach,” “people have spoken,” blah-blah-blah — after he’d been out on the trail saying that electing Democrats would mean that “the terrorists win and America loses.”

“I share a large part of the responsibility” for the “thumpin’ ” of Republicans, he told reporters. Actually, he gets full responsibility.

W. has stopped talking about democracy as a standard of success in Iraq; yesterday, he said that Iraq had to “govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself.”

Throughout his business career, W repeatedly needed his daddy’s cronies to bail him out. Hopefully, for the good of the country, they can get Boy George out of Iraq.
More Maureen Dowd at Liberal Values.

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    battlebob says:

    The problem with Dowd is not seeing Dumbya’s failure for what it really is; the failure of Conservatisism.
    Unless we take that path, we will wind up with a smarter despot.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I think Dowd understands the failure of Conservativism as well. Its just that Bush’s personal failings are such an essy target for her brand of snark. When the Republicans are led by a smarter person, I bet she’ll also do a good job of addressing the next GOP leadership.

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