The more I think about this UAE port deal, the more I think it is a straw man. Think about it. What do the Republicans need now going into the 2006 election season? Separation from Bush. He’s down right nucular at this point with rock bottom job approval numbers.

The UAE port deal gives them an issue that they can stand up and disagree with the POTUS on and gain such separation. Dems only enhance that by jumping up and down and screaming about it. This leaves open the playbook for the Dem opposition to not only be neutralized, but for the positions of Republicans in key races to be bolstered by standing up and opposing a lame ass president.

With as much as this administration has been ruling with fear and loathing of terrorism and evil doers, it just seems fishy that they’d honestly try to sell this. I smell a double reverse.

That’s not to say that Dems should not be raising a stink, but they will have trouble gaining traction and could lose all the political momentum if they break containment and allow the Republicans to get the reverse off clean. Sherrod is right to be out in front of this one (missed ya on the Hackett thing there bro), but it remains to be seen how this will play out. This could be the beginning of the Bush separation the Republicans so desperately need. How can we make sure that doesn’t happen?

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  • anomolous

    Well, I don’t agree with you. I honestly think this administration is so greed-driven and feels itself so unaccountable that they figured they could ram through a deal that was good for their personal pocketbooks. I mean, look at all the info coming out now that they really never intended to tell anyone about this at all. I think at this point to impute organized motivations to the Republicans is to overrate them and their cunning; they truly look like they are flailing and panicking. It’s only disappointing how little the Democrats are taking advantage. But no, the GOP has been so totally chaotic in recent days, I don’t think they could think in such coordination even if they wanted to.

  • Eric

    You might be right. I hope you are in fact, but I never – ever – underestimate the enemy. Didn’t work at Pearl Harbor, hasn’t worked against terrorists.

    You have to think that Rove has seen the poll numbers for some time and all the myriad trouble the party is in and is looking for a way to wiggle out of it.

    I don’t disagree with you necessarily as you have good thoughts and it probably is just unhinged arrogance in the final days of a very corrupt and incompetent administration.

    But let’s keep an eye out for Republicans who might claim the helm of reform, OK?

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