Carol Platt Liebau: Driving the KosKidz Krazy

Monday, September 24, 2007

Driving the KosKidz Krazy

If this story is true, it will make the radical left in this country angry enough to spit nails.

Bill Sammon reports that President Bush is quietly advising top Democratic presidential contenders in an effort to help them preserve the credibility that would be required to continue to prosecute the war in Iraq. The President recognizes that there's a difference between being a candidate, and then winning the office -- and having to make the tough decisions that come with it. As a result, he's reaching out to ensure that there will be continuity (and hopefully, some sanity) even under a Democratic president.

It will be interesting to see how forcefully Clinton, Obama et al repudiate this story -- because, of course, they will be required to by the nutty netroots that have increasingly come to dominate the party. Too bad, too -- to the extent that either of them are willing actually to listen to the President, it would be heartening sign that they understand that the war is an American security matter, not a partisan one.


Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

I completely disagree with your perception of what's happening. You call it advice, but I call it a sales job. Mr. Bush has always been self-righteous, but now he's gone so far as to presume to tell his likely successor how to run the country. I don't see any discord arising in left-wing ranks from this effort by Mr. Bush. Any Democratic candidate will surely say, "Mr. Bush has offered his advice on how to run the country; I listened to it and will make my own decisions." Behind the scenes, I expect Ms. Clinton and Mr. Obama to have a good laugh at the thought of Mr. Bush trying to tell THEM how to run the country, given the gigantic snafu he's created.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Bush advising the Democrats? LOL

A clear sign of delusions of grandeur. The jester needs to tell Bush he is naked and an absolute failure.

9:56 PM  
Blogger LarryD said...

I dare contend that a majority of Americans will think that this story represents responsibility on Bush's part.

Repudiation would thus hurt any Democratic candidate during the general election.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

LarryD, I agree that a repudiation would be bad form; it's easy enough to mumble something pleasant and noncommital.

What's really surprising here is that this function is usually managed during the transition period between the November election and the January inauguration. This has been the way that these things are handled for many years now. I suspect that Mr. Bush is really trying to nail down as many fait accompli as possible, so as to limit the policy options of his successor.

10:34 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

You all know this little ditty:

1. First they ignore you.
2. Then they laugh at you.
3. Then they fight you.
4. Then you win.

At present the Kos community is at #2 amongst right-wingers.

At some point in the future, the Kossacks will rise to #3 (fight you) on this blog.

And, of course, with 2008 looking to be the year of a Democratic president and substantial Democratic majorities in congress, the Kossacks win.

The right-wing - including those who contribute to this blog - would do well to try to understand the power of this populist netroots movement before they make grand pronouncements about them.

4:12 PM  

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