House Majority Leader John Boehner had some warm words for the embattled defense secretary on Sunday: “I think Donald Rumsfeld is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years.” The remark prompted Democrats to renew their call to oust the enabling majority in Congress.
AP (via Yahoo!):
Rumsfeld’s leadership of the bloody mission in Iraq has become a divisive issue in the Nov. 7 elections. Many Democrats and a few Republicans are calling for his resignation, but President Bush repeatedly has defended him. So did House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, during an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I think Donald Rumsfeld is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years,” Boehner said. “This Pentagon and our military needs a transformation. And I think Donald Rumsfeld’s the only man in America who knows where the bodies are buried at the Pentagon, has enough experience to help transform that institution.”
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said voters will have their chance to show if they agree with Boehner on Election Day.
“It’s true President Bush may not be on the ballot, but people like Boehner and people who support Rumsfeld and Cheney and Bush, they’re on the ballot,” Rangel said on CNN’s “Late Edition.”
“And that’s why we only get two years. You don’t have to wait to get the president. This is a referendum on the war and the incompetency of the Bush administration.”