What Fresh Hell Is This?

May 10, 2007

GOP Moderates Get Blunt with Dubya

The New York Times is reporting:
Moderate Republicans gave President Bush a blunt warning on his Iraq policy at a private White House meeting this week, telling the president that conditions needed to improve markedly by fall or more Republicans would desert him on the war.
While over at the Washington Post, the story is less about the Republicans deserting dubya, but dubya's war hurting the GOP:
House Republican moderates, in a remarkably blunt White House meeting, warned President Bush this week that his pursuit of the war in Iraq is risking the future of the Republican Party and that he cannot count on GOP support for many more months.

According to Think Progress, NBC reported that at the meeting one member of Congress said:

The word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President. There is no longer any credibility. It has to come from Gen. Petraeus.
This Congressman reportedly also said:
My district is prepared for defeat. We need candor, we need honesty, Mr. President.

Would you look at that. This Republican member of Congress just told his President, the leader of the free world and the leader of his party, that he's been neither candid nor honest.

Imagine that.

Things are going very badly for dubya in some of these districts, for instance The Times is reporting that:
Representative Tom Davis told Mr. Bush that the president’s approval rating was at 5 percent in one section of his northern Virginia district.
5 percent?

That's bad, right?


Bram Reichbaum said...

I loved this:

"One (Republican) told Mr. Bush that voters back home favored a withdrawal even if it meant the war was judged a loss."

I love this because, you know, we're not just writing a story, here, we're not posturing for 22nd century David Halberstams. We are actually ruining lives on an ongoing basis, yet making no progress. Time to cut and run.

Jonathan Potts said...

Why do moderate Republicans hate freedom?

Heir to the Throne said...

Seems that both sides have problems with Moderates

BREAKING: Conservative Dems expected to vote with GOP to give Bush unfettered blank check on Iraq tomorrow

It’s time to replace some conservative Democrats in Washington, DC. I just heard from an impeccable source that there is serious concern on the Hill that conservative Democrats in the House will vote with the Republicans to strip any and all restrictions from the Iraq supplemental tomorrow, effectively giving Bush all the money he wants with no restrictions and no effort to hold either him or the Iraq government accountable for anything.

It would be interesting to see how which these conservative Democrats were elected in 2006.

If it turns out a great number of them were elected in 2006, will the anti-war progressives still use the talking point that the 2006 elections results proves that the American people want out of Iraq?