Friday, July 06, 2007
Sen. Domenici's "Shift" Is Nearly Meaningless
Sen. Pete Domenici is a GOP hack who is deeply implicated in pressuring the ousted U.S. Attorney David Iglesias in the direction of politically motivated prosecutions of Democrats during the last election cycle.
And anyone stupid enough to be -- only now -- concluding that the Iraq War is a catastrophe is a fool.
Yet his newfound opposition to the Republican war is being treated as a big deal. It is said to be a meaningful sign that the worm is turning for President Bush.
I wouldn't be so sure about that.
I see a panicking GOP that is reluctantly (and hesitatingly) exploring the unfamiliar territory of less-than-complete warmongering.
Domenici's newsmaking shift in position does not call for a U.S. troop withdrawal. He simply is joining a chorus that is attempting to disassociate his Party from responsibility for the ongoing carnage in Iraq.
Signing on to a bill endorsing last December's Iraq Study Group recommendations isn't exactly an earth-shaking development.
On the bright side, he will get to hear about his disloyalty and cowardice from Bush's core -- the 23% of people who are unredeemably authoritarian -- those who haven't a clue about what it means to be an American.