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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

White House and Republicans Reeling, Spin Machine Off it Axle

Last month Karl Rove reportedly had an October surprise up his sleeve which would deliver the Congress into Republican hands once again. Little did he know that he would be one upped by his own party's October surprise, and by a previous White House darling, Bob Woodward. After a month in which the Republicans seemed to be gaining ground on the Democratic lead for the November elections, they have been blasted back, full force by three major allegations. The first was the damaging leak of a National Intelligence Estimate that stated Iraq had made the war on terrorism worse. Bush was force to declassify a part of the report to do some PR control, when that did not work he declassified the entire document. That did not seem to do it either. Not because of a lack of effort by the White House to spin the report. The NIE was simply damaging beyond spin repair. Whichever way it was read the conclusion was that the Iraq War had helped the extremist jihadist movement. The White House tried to point out that the NIE also states what they've said all along, that if the Iraq War is won, it would strike a blow to the terrorists. They fail to point out that the Iraq War is going so poorly that 60% of Iraqis want us dead. 80% want us out. Yeah, IF the war was won, it would strike a huge blow. That IF being the biggest hypothetical of all time.

So, the White House is already spinning so fast that it's falling off its axle when another blow comes. The Republicans have a pedophile in their ranks, and it seems that the House leadership has at least known of the potential problem for a year, but swept it under the rug in an attempt to not endanger their control of Congress. But leave it to those darned reporters to mess everything up. ABC confronted rep Mark Foley about some suggestive e-mails he had exchanged with congressional pages, then he abruptly resigned when ABC denied his request to not publish the e-mails' content. Quickly the scandal unraveled and Foley was determined to have exchanged even more sexually explicit Instant Messages in 2003 with more congressional pages. Foley quickly checked himself into rehab for alcoholism, because alcohol is the "devil" and makes you a pedophile. The wheel had already started rolling though, and the House Republican leadership now finds itself facing questions regarding its values, morals, integrity, etc. How much did House Speaker Hastert know? Majority Leader Boehner? Who else? Why did they do nothing a year ago? Well, they messed with the wrong thing, people's children. The public, Republican and Democrat, can quip about the war, economy and everything else, but one thing that hits home equally is their children's safety, and House leaders chose to protect their political interests rather than protect the children of those who elected them. Let them try to spin this one. If they do try, they will be seen as trying to justify pedophilia. you can spin a war, numbers, reports, but you can spin a child crime.

The last slap on Bush was ex-White House darling Bob Woodward's new book "State of Denial". Woodward is now persona non-grata in the White House after he was loved by the Bushies when his first two books came out: "Bush at War", then "Plan of Attack". How fitting it is that The White House is in a state of denial over "State of Denial". They have tried to deny everything over the past weekend only to be proven liars, not by Woodward, but by the sources he used: Andy Card, ex-chief of staff, documentation regarding meetings, etc. Today the State Department admitted that a meeting between Condoleeza Rica and CIA director Tenet, where Tenet warned of an attack, did indeed take place, after Rice denied it all weekend. The White House also denied assertions that the Iraq War is going worse than they are telling, that they denied additional troops when they were asked for, that it is going to get worse in 2007. Essentially, they deny everything, hence the appropriate title of the book "State of Denial". They forgot one thing, Woodward is one of the most respected journalists in the country and if he makes an accusation or assertion, he will most likely be able to support it beyond a doubt. This time it looks like the White House miscalculated and went up against someone with impeccable credentials and credibility, something that they themselves lost after Katrina (even though they should have never had any credibilty after Iraq).

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