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Thursday, September 25, 2003  

Didn't Candidate Bush promise to bring a new age of bipartisan cooperation to Washington? We may have to give him an "F" on that one, too. It's all partisan, all the time. (Though at least no one's called the cops on the opposition lately.) Let's review yesterday's activities.

After getting hammered for two years on their lack of patriotic fervor, Democrats are striking back:

At hearings, at press conferences and in interviews, Democratic lawmakers unleashed a torrent of criticism, finding fault with everything from the administration's rationale for the war and a lack of postwar planning to its diplomatic efforts and even Mr. Bush's decision to leave the United Nations Tuesday before others finished speaking.

Don Rumsfeld was on the Hill yesterday, cooly defending the quagmire.

In a sign of mounting partisan fighting over Iraq, triggered by President Bush's $87 billion emergency supplemental request, Democratic senators declared the recovery effort so far a political failure and accused the administration of having misled the country into an exceedingly costly mess.

Tom DeLay, never one to leave a caustic remark unrebutted, waded in with a series of personal attacks:

Facing mounting criticism of the Bush administration's Iraq policy, supporters of the president hit back Wednesday, calling on congressional critics to state what they would have done differently after the 9/11 attacks....

"John Kerry says, 'We really need a regime change in Washington.' Bob Graham suggests that the president's actions in Iraq might warrant impeachment proceedings," Delay said.

"Nancy Pelosi says of the Iraqi liberation, 'We could have brought down that statue for a lot less.'

"Howard Dean questions whether the liberated Iraqi people are really better off than under Saddam Hussein's boot heel," DeLay said.

Speaking of belligerent Texas Republicans, the redistricting seems to be really reaping fine rewards for that state. It's a proud legacy of bipartisanism for Bush's resume.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio accused the GOP of using recount, recall and redistricting efforts in Texas and nationwide in a "new playbook for a narrow Republican majority attempting to use government to expand partisan power."

(And of course, we have Cali for comic relief.) Not that I'm complaining--in times like these, you never really want for material when you sit down to blog. Let the sideshow continue!

posted by Jeff | 7:32 AM |
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