The title is from Howard Fineman's commentary Sticking to his guns.
WASHINGTON - George W. Bush wanted to be Harry Truman (patron saint of embattled presidents) in his State of the Union speech, but he may have reminded voters of Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove. You know the famous scene: the giddy pilot in a cowboy hat hops aboard his own payload to Armageddon.Nothing new:
Say this about the president: he is going to stick with his vision, his strategy and his decisions on Iraq – no matter what the world, the American voters, the new Democratic Congress, the ’08 presidential contenders or even his fellow Republicans want.
Nothing he said was remarkably new – which, in and of itself was nothing short of remarkable.And as for the "facts" the president shared. Glenn Kessler explains that they weren't facts at all but just more revisionist history and deception from an administration that knows little else. Christopher Preble at Cato@Liberty gives us a summary Kessler's fact checking and concludes with this.
Bush said, with all earnestness, that his goal in Iraq and the Middle East was – and our goal must be – to “remove conditions that inspire hatred” there. However, it is hard to find a dispassionate observer of the war who thinks that we have achieved that goal. Sadly, even many of our own military people say that just the opposite is true. Our presence has inflamed hatred, not doused it.
Without a trace of irony, he told the Congress: “Whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure.” But most Americans have concluded that we already have failed.
Notably, Kessler’s article was not identified as a “News Analysis” — the typical flag that reporters employ when they wish to call attention to the fact that an article in the news portion of the paper (as opposed to the Opinion page) contains opinions. Kessler’s piece did not require such a designation because it was based not on opinion, but rather on a fair and accurate reading of the facts.Yes, there was more empty talk about energy conservation and health care but that's all it was empty talk. This was a speech for the cultists and the number of cultists has now fallen below 30%. For everybody else it was I'm going to do what I want so go to hell.
Which is more than can be said for the president’s speech.
So what now? The other day conservative Republican Paul Craig Roberts said the following:
Nothing can stop the Regime except the immediate impeachment of Bush and Cheney. This is America’s last chance.And via Hullabaloo we find out that the lawmakers in New Mexico may be taking things into their own hands.
On the same day that Bush delivered his state of the union address, eight state senators in New Mexico introduced a resolution (Senate Joint Resolution 5) that if passed would require their state government to send a petition to the U.S. House of Representatives asking that impeachment proceedings immediately begin against Bush and Cheney.Impeachment may be the only answer. Two more years of the Bush/Cheney cabal is simply too dangerous.
Over 100 citizens showed up for the introduction, and there were over two hours of citizen speeches at the announcement event. Reporters from every New Mexico newspaper and the Associated Press were there, as well as ABC and NBC cameras. What they saw was a bottom-up movement for impeachment, exactly what impeachment is supposed to be.
The original sponsor of the resolution, Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, says he has received over 1,000 favorable messages and two negative ones. That matches exactly the responses I've received for wearing an "Impeach Bush and Cheney" t-shirt around the country.