God Save the King.

Posted by admin
Dec 29 2005

Well, at least the administration is aware of this problem.

Bush Team Rethinks Its Plan for Recovery (Washington Post):
New Approach Could Save Second Term

President Bush shifted his rhetoric on Iraq in recent weeks after an intense debate among advisers about how to pull out of his political free fall, with senior adviser Karl Rove urging a campaign-style attack on critics while younger aides pushed for more candor about setbacks in the war, according to Republican strategists.

The result was a hybrid of the two approaches as Bush lashed out at war opponents in Congress, then turned to a humbler assessment of events on the ground in Iraq that included admissions about how some of his expectations had been frustrated. The formula helped Bush regain his political footing as record-low poll numbers began to rebound. Now his team is rethinking its approach to his second term in hopes of salvaging it.

The Iraq push culminated the rockiest political year of this presidency, which included the demise of signature domestic priorities, the indictment of the vice president’s top aide, the collapse of a Supreme Court nomination, a fumbled response to a natural disaster and a rising death toll in an increasingly unpopular war. It was not until Bush opened a fresh campaign to reassure the public on Iraq that he regained some traction.

The lessons drawn by a variety of Bush advisers inside and outside the White House as they map a road to recovery in 2006 include these: Overarching initiatives such as restructuring Social Security are unworkable in a time of war. The public wants a balanced appraisal of what is happening on the battlefield as well as pledges of victory. And Iraq trumps all.

So much for all that political capital Bush claimed to possess after the ’04 election. Maybe after they get done fixing their problems, the administration could turn toward fixing the problems it created or exacerbated… y’know… Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, the tattered social safety net, the spiking federal deficits and debt, weakened civil liberties, tarnished international image. Yeah, yeah, I know… if wishes were horses… hey, wouldn’t there be a lot of road apples if they were?

Too bad I used the pig-lipstick line yesterday. However, maybe this means they’ve run out of lipstick for the presidential PR pig and stopped for a moment only to exclaim in sheer terror once they had a moment to reflect on their actions? Oops, there I go again, wishing away…

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