As George W. Bush licked his wounds following the humiliating public rejection of his failed Iraq war policies in the November mid-term elections, he knew he had one chance left to force his autocratic agenda on America.
Following the election, Bush challenged the outgoing Republican leadership of Congress to approve two key items on his radical agenda: Pass his expanded, and some say illegal, domestic spying program and confirm controversial United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, another lame duck whose recess appointment ran out at the end of the year.
Mere mention of her name sends fear into the hearts of Republicans and turns Democrats giddy.
She's become a politician identified by first name only.
Hillary: The woman who wants to be the next President of the United States.
The November mid-term elections are viewed as a referendum on George W. Bush's failed Iraq war. Voters turned out the GOP leadership of Congress because they want America out of Iraq.
So, when are we leaving?
We're not. Not now. Not anytime soon. Perhaps never.
You might have missed the point amid all the news attention aimed at the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes sham marriage or the Britney Spears-Kevin Federline split but as soon as the election was over, anyone with a "lets get out of Iraq" message got shoved into the background.
Amazing. Two staunch members of the Legion of Mainstream Media (otherwise known as the LMSM) have declared the debacle in Iraq to be just what it is: a civil war.
NBC Monday announced that from that point forward it would describe the Iraq conflict as "a civil war."
To announce this radical change in policy, NBC didn't send out serious Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Nah, this story is too big for Brian. Give it to the prince of fluff, Today's Matt Lauer.
The dwindling few who still, for reasons known only to God or their psychiatrist, support President George W. Bush's failed invasion if Iraq, continue to claim the situation is not as bad as portrayed by the media.
Which, of course, is nothing more than political wishful thinking. Just ask CNN correspondent John Roberts, who went into Baghdad with the invading U.S. forces three-and-a-half years ago and recently returned to the war-ravaged country for a first-hand look.
Here we are, nearly two weeks after the mid-term elections that were supposed to turn things around for this country and make us all feel better.
And what do we have? Chaos would be a good word. Utter chaos would be two, better words.
The bloodbath in Iraq is escalating (and "bloodbath" is the word even the ultra-cautious Associated Press used in its headline today), Democrats continue to snipe at each other, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger calls the Iraq war unwinnable and Bush foreign policy disastrous and the Pentagon has a new plan for the war.
After watching incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's giddy, giggly, Katie Couric-style performance before the cameras Thursday I had to wonder: Is this bimbo ready for prime-time?
After being elected the first female Speaker in the history of the old-boys club called the House of Representatives, Pelosi - who promised quick, unflinching reform of the Congressional cesspool - urged her colleagues to elect as her Number Two the ethics-challenged, lobbyist-pandering, pork-bloated John Murtha.
Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi promises changes in the corrupt way Congress conducts its business but her shameless promotion of Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha suggests her reign at the top will be business as usual when it comes to protecting one of her own.
One of the first rules of politics is to avoid the "appearance of impropriety." It doesn't matter if you are guilty or innocent of wrongdoing. You must work your ass off to prove you are above suspicion.
We spent most of the past week talking about what happened in the Midterm Elections of 2006.
We know what happened: Democrats won, Republicans lost. Voter anger triumphed.
Now let's take a look at what didn't happen.
In the months leading up to the election, paranoia reigned supreme and conspiracy theories ran rampant through the Internet. A lot of predictions of doom and gloom dominated political debate.
Most of those predictions turned out to be pure fantasy.
A few months ago, knee-jerk Democrats who insisted on Republican-style lockstep from all who march under their banner celebrated with open glee the defeat of maverick Senator Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary election.
That unabashed joy carried over into the liberal blogging world where the pundit wannabes on sites like Daily Kos claimed credit for Lieberman's defeat and predicted Ned Lamont's staunch anti-Iraq-war stance would carry him to victory in November.Read More