October 12th, 2005


another theory

On Hardball another theory was discussed for why Bush suddenly seems to have lost the services of his mastermind political man, Karl Rove.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Has the president already made the—has he already, as they say in the stock market, discounted the calamity to come? Has he already discounted the probability that, at best, the rosy scenario, if you will, is that the top aides that have been mentioned in all the press leaks about this in the leak case are going to get shot with a very vicious kind of indictment or some kind of public report that humiliates them publicly and politically, and, therefore, he‘s relying more on Andrew Card and Dan Bartlett than the vice president‘s office or the chief political man?

FINEMAN (NBC CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT): Well, that‘s my sense of it, Chris.

And I think, if you look—if you roll back the videotape of the days leading up to Katrina, if you look at the Harriet Miers nomination, Karl Rove is conspicuous by his absence.

MATTHEWS: As is the vice president.

FINEMAN: As is the vice president. So, I think that whole wing, so to speak, is one that Bush has been flying without for the last couple weeks.

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If Bush lied about the reasons for the Iraq war should he be impeached? Here are the results of a poll:

Here's how the question was put: "If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable by impeaching him." Fifty percent of the 1,001 Americans surveyed agreed with that statement, while 44 percent disagreed; 6 percent said they didn't know or declined to answer. The breakdown was not entirely on partisan lines. Twenty percent of Republicans surveyed agreed with the statement, as did 72 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of independents.

Too bad no one has the guts to start the process. Maybe after the Bush Administration indictments come down, 2006 elections are looming, and Republicans want to curry favor with their voters we'll see some action. It'll be interesting to see how fast they distance themselves from this doomed presidency.

Finally, Judith Miller is testifying again, this time about notes she recently found regarding yet another conversation with Scooter Libby. (And am I the only one bothered by a childhood nickname being used for someone in public service?)