Hypocrisy : Bush claims Democrats can’t be trusted

In an ironic display of incredible political hypocrisy, President George W. Bush, the President whose administration is marked by an uncountable list of lies, is telling voters that the Democratic Party is weak-kneed on national security and shouldn’t be trusted to hold the reins of Congress.

Even more ironic, his remarks come when the current Republican leadership of Congress is struggling to explain its way out of a coverup over former GOP Rep. Mark Foley’s multitude of sexually-suggestive emails to Congressional pages.

In Washington, it’s called politics. In the real world it’s called hypocrisy.

Reports Deb Reichmann of The Associated Press:

"If you listen closely to some of the leaders of the Democratic Party, it sounds like — it sounds like — they think the best way to protect the American people is, wait until we’re attacked again," Bush said Monday at a $360,000 fundraiser in Reno, Nev., for state Secretary of State Dean Heller’s congressional campaign.

"That’s not the way it’s going to be under my administration. We will stay on the offense," the president said. "We will defeat the enemy overseas so we do not have to face them here at home."

On the home stretch of campaigning for the Nov. 7 elections, Bush is using his fundraising sprint through Nevada, California, Arizona and Colorado to draw a line between Democrats and Republicans, especially when it comes to fighting terrorists.

Bush was speaking Tuesday at a breakfast fundraiser in Stockton, 60 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area, for Rep. Richard Pombo. Later, he was to attend a fundraiser in El Dorado Hills for Rep. John Doolittle and then raise cash at a Republican National Committee event in Los Angeles.

One presidential action was tucked into Bush’s Tuesday schedule, perhaps to help the various campaigns defray the cost of getting the president to the political events. He was to sign the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act. Pombo sponsored the House version of the bill, which aims to help landowners restore and manage fish and wildlife habitats on private property.

Bush’s first stop on his trip West was an airport hangar in Reno, Nev., where a few hundred people gathered to support Heller, who is running against Democrat Jill Derby.

Republicans have held the seat since it was created 25 years ago to represent more than 100,000 square miles — nearly the entire state except for Las Vegas. Republicans hold an edge of more than 47,000 registered, mostly rural voters, but polls suggest it is a close race.

About 100 protesters chanting "Vote for Change" rallied nearby.

"I think it’s an indication of how desperate the Republicans have gotten to try to hang onto a seat that just a year ago was considered a slam dunk for the Republicans," said Pam duPre, executive director of the Washoe County Democratic Party.

As the elections near, Democrats have been stepping up attacks on Bush’s policies for fighting terrorists and his strategy in Iraq. They are citing a National Intelligence Estimate, which the president has partly declassified, suggesting that the war in Iraq has helped recruit more terrorists.

Bush disputes the claim, saying that if policymakers in Washington become convinced that fighting terrorists creates terrorists, then America will return to a pre-Sept. 11 mentality of waiting to be attacked.

Hoping to lure Republican supporters to the polls, Bush will be using his fundraising speeches this week to chide Democrats for voting against legislation addressing the CIA’s program for detaining and interrogating terrorist suspects and the National Security Agency’s surveillance program.

"I want you all to remember when you go to the polls here in Nevada, what political party supported the president to make sure we have the tools necessary to protect the American people and which political party didn’t," Bush said at the Heller event.

23 Responses to "Hypocrisy : Bush claims Democrats can’t be trusted"

  1. rbank   October 4, 2006 at 2:44 am
  2. ebbtide   October 4, 2006 at 2:51 am
  3. Shag   October 4, 2006 at 4:49 am
  4. Dale Anderson   October 3, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    Truth is, neither party is particularly trustworthy or truthful. What motivates both sides is an overpowering urge to control power for their side. Not what may or may not be right.

  5. keith   October 3, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    Dale, you’ve nailed it. The hypocrisy and quest for power at all costs in Washington (on both sides of the aisle) is at epidemic proportions. And the “Rebublicrats” have also now brainwashed most Americans into thinking we have no other choice at election time but to vote for one or the other of their ever-more corrupt political candidates.

    It would appear that at least two of us (you and me) know better.

  6. Jackson   October 3, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    This is hypocrisy all right, but it’s rooted in the confidence that the American people are too damned stupid, to see through the scam that’s being played on them. There’s only one party, and that party is screwing the nation from both sides of the isle.

  7. JimZ   October 3, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    It’s a race to the political abyss; governance of rivalry between 2 sides of the same coin. The Corpomedia were the “conduit”. And the real losers are the Constitution and the american people.

    Bush tells Dems how weak they are if they don’t go along with his (well, PNAC) plan for complete fascism.

    Let’s see just how stupid the voters are this November.

  8. john   October 3, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    While Bush blusters and the Democrats dither another 17 American soldiers in Iraq and several more in Afghanistan have been killed in the last 48 hours. Doesn’t anyone care?

  9. bob   October 3, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    bush better cut back on his meds, it seems to have made him delusional

  10. dave   October 3, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    This from the sot who tried to hide approving the sale of operations at all of our shipping ports to Dubai Ports, a company that hires people from countries that train and harbor terrorists.

    From the guy who 5 years after 9/11 can’t seem to find bin Laden, and said he didn’t think about him and didn’t care about catching him just a year after announcing he’d get Osama dead or alive.

    And from the guy who 5 years later still leaves our entire southern border wide open, like a broken cattle gate, for some 100 thousand unidentified potential terrorists to just walk in.

    From the leader of the party whose members are busy trying to pork your teenage sons while they authorize him to torture them if he chooses to ID them as ‘supporting terrorism’.

    But he says the Democrats are soft on terror. I guess he must mean that they aren’t as aggressive as he is about trying to terrorize the citizens.

  11. dave   October 3, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    Oops. Sorry. That was supposed to read “100 thousand potential terrorists A MONTH…”

  12. Libertarian Unitarian   October 3, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    The Democrats and Republicans have been described as the left and right wings of a great bird of prey.

  13. carol   October 3, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    How dare that strutting, lying Pretender in Chief of the Maniac Cabal spout off garbage like that and expect everyone to believe his filthy words of treason??

  14. Bill Robinson   October 3, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    A liar is a liar is a liar, and they are all liars. Best said in the movie “Hunt for Red October” by the actor playing the advisor to the president, “I am a liar and a cheat and I steal candy from babies…” or something like that. Fact is that all politicos do just that, so let’s dump them all, clean house and senate and court and cabinet and executive branch. Three year terms are enough for them all. No more lifetime appointments to benches where their fat asses become bound to the leather chairs. Let’s have new blood every 3 years and fresh thinking and less stinking. Term limits. Kick em all out on their imperial asses and see how many crooks will want the office if they only have 3 years to be there. Maybe we will attract some honest people who want to help our country and do some good for the people. Wouldn’t that be lovely and wouldn’t that be a swell change!

  15. Lysistrata   October 3, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    How anyone can still pay attention to the guy is beyond me. I for one am tired to see his visage and his waving to something on a daily basis on TV.
    Yes politicians lie, but this administration takes the cake. So much incompetence and lies and corruption is chutzpah, it bogles the mind. Poor and corrupt government are signs of a declining great power.

  16. David F   October 3, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    This is crazy. The biggest problem I have with the right wing Neo cons is that they think that if you don’t want to fight the terrorist teh same way they do then you dont want To fight them at all. Well that a load of . They have The wrong plan and they made it worst with Iraq. You don’t fight These people with Tanks and 100,000 troops on the ground. You fight Them with a robust intelligence community and a guy with a 9mm sitting in a bar in Cario. Guys we don’t have anything to worry from thease type of speaches this was for there base anyone with a half a brian would not listen to this.

  17. Arcticknight   October 3, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    What can you expect when we are governed by an administration that has stolen two (2) national elections. The American people have been lied to on a continous basis and we are not holding the one-party in control accountable for anything. The Working Class continues to suffer. Memory recalls that during the early 70’s we protested in the streets against the Vietnam War because we disagreed with the government. Now we just sit around and do nothing. Illegal wiretapping, illegal war intervention, no WMD’s, and now Rep. Foley. The GOP is allowed to conduct business anyway they please. On-going coverups, no one held accountable again. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice all lie. Where is impeachment when there truly is an offense against the American public. And don’t forget the latest GAO Report about the lack of Veterans Health Care for Mental Health Needs. This administration is full of it. The rich get richer and the working class just get by.

  18. GlennK   October 3, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    The so called War on terror is just a load of crapola. Bu$h and his criminal gang use terror as a club to beat the Constitution and the Republic to death while wrapping themselves in the flag. They’re fascists and the so called opposition the D’s are fascist enablers.

  19. David   October 3, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    Fascism is a radical political ideology that combines elements of corporatism, authoritarianism, nationalism, militarism, anti-anarchism, anti-communism and anti-liberalism.

    SOUND Like someone we know ?

  20. The Impeacher   October 4, 2006 at 2:43 am

    The Republican lead congress cannot protect a Pageboy’s rear end from a pedophile in the Congress and President Bush would have us believe that same Republican lead Congress is competent to protect the whole country from terrorism.

    President Bush is in a fantasy of his own creation and is neither profoundly related to nor grounded in reality.

    Where are the men in white coats with the straight jackets when they are needed?

    Impeach, impeach now!!!

  21. rbank   October 4, 2006 at 2:44 am

    DOes any one remember Bill Clinton taking a whole month off for vacation? He was worned about 911 and stayed on vacation. Do you think BIll would have stayed on vacation, ate cake and strumbed a guitar while 1500 American’s died in NO. god’s own party impeached him over a bj.

  22. ebbtide   October 4, 2006 at 2:51 am

    The repubublicrat thingy is getting a bit tired.

    Whenever the Republicans are in trouble, somebody will always say “the Democrats aren’t any better”, and somebody else will always point out an even greater transgression by the Democrats. D-bag Hannity tried it the other night by attempting to drag Clinton into the Foley mess (!).

    When the Democrat is guilty (for instance that one from Georgia who slapped the cop on the Hill–and yes she was guilty)–the party stalwarts will be the first to jump on the body…I was surprised at the lack of support given to her (not that she deserved any mind you, but then neither do Hastert or Foley). You don’t see any Republicans from Congress seeking Hastert’s resignation do you?

    Also, there’s a friggen HUGE difference between the two parties on just about every issue, but since there’s only two sides of the same party nowadays (the Conservative Republicans vs the Republicans) we’ve moved so very far to the right that we are almost in brownshirt territory, and piping up with the “Democrats are just as bad” schtick would be more meaningful if they had had ANY legislative victories in the past 10 years or so….

  23. Shag   October 4, 2006 at 4:49 am

    Isn’t this the same guy who wanted to turn-over control of our ports to a middle easter country. And hasn’t he signed-on for a highway through the middle of America, from Mexico to Canada.
    Now, who is that, that can’t be trusted?