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Ear to the Ground

Cutting and Running From ‘Stay the Course’

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Posted on Oct 23, 2006

The Washington Post delivers a blistering analysis of Bush & Co.‘s attempts to erase from the nation’s memory a phrase now synonymous with head-in-the-sand stupidity.

  • Earlier: Watch Bush try to pull the wool over Stephanopoulos’ eyes

  • Washington Post:

    But the White House is cutting and running from “stay the course.” A phrase meant to connote steely resolve instead has become a symbol for being out of touch and rigid in the face of a war that seems to grow worse by the week, Republican strategists say. Democrats have now turned “stay the course” into an attack line in campaign commercials, and the Bush team is busy explaining that “stay the course” does not actually mean stay the course.

    Instead, they have been emphasizing in recent weeks how adaptable the president’s Iraq policy actually is. Bush remains steadfast about remaining in Iraq, they say, but constantly shifts tactics and methods in response to an adjusting enemy. “What you have is not ‘stay the course’ but in fact a study in constant motion by the administration,” Snow said yesterday.

    Political rhetoric, of course, is often in constant motion as well. But with midterm elections two weeks away, the Bush team is searching for a formula to address public opposition to the war, struggling to appear consistent and flexible at the same time. That was underscored by the reaction to a New York Times report that the administration is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to disarm militias and assume a larger security role. The White House initially called the story “inaccurate.” But then White House counselor Dan Bartlett went on CNN yesterday morning to call it “a little bit overwritten” because in fact it was something the administration had been doing for months.

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    By Ajibik, October 24, 2006 at 10:25 pm Link to this comment
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    >>QUOTE: Comment #32966 by david on 10/24 at 9:02 am

    The voters of the United States of America have let a group of people loose on the Earth with weapons capable of destroying said Earth.  This group of people, The Republican Pary, is raping, pillaging, and destroying everything they can lay their hands on in no less a fashion than Gengis Kahn.<<

    No, Khan had BALLS!

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    By Athalwolf, October 24, 2006 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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    No Bravery - A nation blind to it’s disgrace…

    http://nobravery.cf.huffingtonpost.com/

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    By George S. Semsel, October 24, 2006 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment
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    What does it matter anymore who says what? We have surrendered our country to those who aspire to be Emperors. Do you really think we are going to have a fiar election? Do you really think any party other than the republicans can win control of the congress?
    If you, you’re dreaming. It’s over, my friends. People may be fed up, but they no longer have power. We’ve given it away for a half-baked Napoleon.

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    By craigjohnson, October 24, 2006 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment
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    Laura Bush Admits Hubby’s Nocturnal Woes

    “George’s nights have become troubling to him, more since the elections appear sure to return Congress to the Democratic Party,” said Mrs. Bush. “He keeps waking up and shouting, like someone is pointing a finger and accusing him of something.”
    “What does he shout?” Well, it used to be “stay the course” but now it’s almost always,”
    “I did not have sex with that country!”

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    By OneScaredMother, October 24, 2006 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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    Do you know why so many American people seem oblivious to this administration’s continued deceit?  The American people are lazy, damned lazy!  They don’t want to think for themselves, they don’t really care as long as they can have their reality TV, their Biggie sized fast food, their celeb gossip shows.  As long as they aren’t the ones directly impacted, they eat up the trite slogans like they eat up junk food.  It is soooo much easier not to think critically about what is actually happening.  It is just easier to slap those stupid ribbons on their cars cause they “Support Our Troops”.  The GOP love these kind of people - the ones who can’t think for themselves and can’t be bothered to ask questions.  Walk through any WalMart and you may indeed find yourself questioning the theory of evolution - how about de-evolution?

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    By Frank, October 24, 2006 at 11:14 am Link to this comment
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    This change in rhetoric is no different than the changes of rhetoric made after no WMD or nuclear weapons program was found, which this small group of neoconservative draft dodging bureaucrats used to sell the congress and a small majority of the voting public on going to war.

    They will now use it to sell the congress and the public on “their way is the only way” to go. I think the American public is beginning to wise up - better late than never. If it were not for the gerrymandering that has gone on for 12 years, and the well oiled RNC machine that runs on greed and self interest, I would say the right changes will come in the congress, but that will not become apparent until after Nov. 7.

    If the legislative branch remains nothing more than a rubber stamp for the executive branch, there will be many more lives lost in Iraq - both military and civilian, Billions of dollars will continue to disappear into some black hole in Iraq and Americas’ standings’ in the world will continue to be in the toilet.

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    By david, October 24, 2006 at 9:02 am Link to this comment
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    The voters of the United States of America have let a group of people loose on the Earth with weapons capable of destroying said Earth.  This group of people, The Republican Pary, is raping, pillaging, and destroying everything they can lay their hands on in no less a fashion than Gengis Kahn.  If the U.S. voters do not correct this grave error in judgement NOW, we will be remembered as the people who destroyed humanity.

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    By Brian, October 24, 2006 at 8:44 am Link to this comment
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    Be very afraid of the Republican spinmeisters.

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    By JD Fail, October 24, 2006 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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    This is so laughable!
    Slogans over substance, and they called John Kerry a flip flopper.
    ROTFLMAO

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    By mary brock, October 24, 2006 at 2:53 am Link to this comment
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    Anything that comes out of the mouth of this Administration is concocted to pull the wool over the eyes of the citizenry.  How do you know if Bush is lying???  If his mouth is open.

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    By daddio, October 24, 2006 at 1:03 am Link to this comment
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    i’ll cut and run after this. hee hee

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    By K B Lawrence, October 24, 2006 at 12:02 am Link to this comment
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    Fluff, sound bites and more meaningless rhetoric.  Hours of meetings and all they can offer is to stop saying “Stay the Course”. No new ideas on how to actually make improvements in Iraq.

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    By TruthPlease, October 23, 2006 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment
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    Black is white - War is Peace….when you’re making it up as you go, and you get to make all the rules, then you’ll get messy little situations like this!!  Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain - I AM THE GREAT AND INVICIBLE OZ!!!!  OFF WITH THEIR HEADS - or at least, send them to Gimo for some ‘serious questioning’...no,no,no - certainly no torture - we DO NOT TORTURE. Sigh.  I just read another article about the hackability and easy manipulation of electronic voting machines - I continue to notice the complete deafening silence of vacuum on the mainstream news programs regarding the returning injured veterans that we as a society will be dealing with for decades to come…all the while, these bozos are cutting funding to VA hospitals and programs.  It’s just insane - there’s no other word for it, or explanation of it.  And it will be utter insanity, if they steal the votes (again) and continue in their madness.  Once, shame on them…twice, shame on me….three times - look out!!!!!  It will be our national shame if these criminals remain in power after the next election.  Poll after poll shows that average citizens are fed up and plan to make big changes - so, if no big changes happen and the GOP gets another “mandate” - it will be glaringly obvious even to those who are still apologist about this regime.  The question then will be - what are we gonna do about it?  Don’t know, myself - don’t think we can do anything now, personally.  It’s too late.  Maybe I’m just tired of it all, and I’ll feel better after the election.  Hope so.

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