Enabler’s Remorse

1 comment May 15th, 2008at 07:31am Posted by Eli

It’s always fun when Ad Nags writes his “Party In Disarray” story (it’s pretty much the same story every time, he just switches the names around) about the Republicans:

The Republican defeat in a special Congressional contest in Mississippi sent waves of apprehension across an already troubled party Wednesday, with some senior Republicans urging Congressional candidates to distance themselves from President Bush to head off what could be heavy losses in the fall.


Representative Tom Davis, Republican of Virginia and former leader of his party’s Congressional campaign committee, issued a dire warning that the Republican Party had been severely damaged, in no small part because of its identification with President Bush. Mr. Davis said that, unless Republican candidates changed course, they could lose 20 seats in the House and 6 in the Senate.

“They are canaries in the coal mine, warning of far greater losses in the fall, if steps are not taken to remedy the current climate,” Mr. Davis said in a memorandum. “The political atmosphere facing House Republicans this November is the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than it was in 2006.”


Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York, said it appeared that lawmakers might have to fend for themselves. “You are going to have to run on who you are and establish some independence, and that is going to be tougher for some than others,” Mr. King said.


Advisers to Mr. McCain said they thought the problems Congressional Republicans were having would not translate into significant problems for Mr. McCain. But they said it steeled their resolve to run a campaign that distinguished Mr. McCain from both Mr. Bush and a Congress where he has served, in the House and the Senate, since January 1983. They said Mr. McCain would seek — sometimes explicitly, sometimes not — to distance himself by speaking critically of what he has described as excessive spending in Washington, as well on issues like the environment.

See, here’s the thing: after two, four, six, or eight years of gleefully voting for whatever ill-conceived crap Dubya served up, you do not suddenly get to pretend that he’s not your buddy.  You’ve been showing up at the club with him every night, with your tongue down his throat, and now you want to pretend that you don’t even know him?  Uh-uh.

Yeah, I’m sure it was fun sticking together and winning all those votes over those wimpy Democrats to let Dubya have his way on everything, but now you actually have to own up to them and explain why you mindlessly did everything The Worst President Ever told you to do.  Or I guess you could try to deny them, or claim that your votes were misquoted or taken out of context or something.

Good luck with that.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Elections,Politics,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. Charles  |  May 15th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    They’ve gotten away with bigger lies, Eli. They have lots of practice, an indulgent media, and an easily distracted American electorate. Plus they’ve created such a gigantic mess that they can blame the Democrats for not having it cleaned up by Election Day 2010.

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