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Shocked, Shocked

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:30 pm

President Bush is “surprised” by conservative anger over his dismissive comments about those opposed to amnesty.

It’s not the first time he’s been surprised by conservative anger. Harriet Miers, anyone?

17 Responses to “Shocked, Shocked”

  1. I gotta say, I have no idea what the White House is thinking these days. Is it possible they are just making it easy for Republicans to distance themselves from Bush without displeasing either side?

    Dustin (50889f)

  2. “I gotta say, I have no idea what the White House is thinking these days.”

    I had no idea they were thinking. Oh, and I’m doing a series called ‘arrest the felons at the same time’. They’re all criminals, I’m just bumping it up a notch!

    Beat THAT, Patterico!

    Kevin (1c20c1)

  3. The Senate voted 51-46 to reject a proposal by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to bar criminals – including those ordered by judges to be deported – from gaining legal status.

    I sure hope the immigration bill goes to wherever bad ideas go after they die.

    papertiger (f6198c)

  4. Kevin, they have some sort of overaching reasoning behind their lack of popularity. Believe it or not, but Bush had a choice regarding his popularity, and he could have easily kept it high. He’s “spending” his capitol – every bit of it.

    Usually I could make some sense of it, but lately he’s not abandoning his idiot cronies like he used to (he’s got to have the worst hiring record since Lincoln), he’s not speaking forcefully about the impressive stuff going on lately in Iraq… he’s not using Iran the way they are using the US – to transfer the proxy war into government popularity. It doesn’t make sense.

    Dustin (50889f)

  5. “I sure hope the immigration bill goes to wherever bad ideas go after they die.

    Comment by papertiger — 6/6/2007 @ 11:14 pm”

    …along with all those who vote for it.

    Dan S (a906c2)

  6. Hey, now! Even some of us wimpy Republicans hated Miers. That was a qualitative issue more than an issue of judicial philosophy.

    But I admit that you’ve got to be pretty insulated to be surprised at getting some blowback on the immigration amnesty issue.


    JRM (355c21)

  7. Well, I still like the darn Shrub. For his personal qualities. I would have no problem leaving him alone with my daughter. But this [what Boehner said] is as bone-headed as anything he has done with the possible exception of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

    nk (c66fe9)

  8. “Maniacally dumb” sums up the political strategy for me.

    Patricia (824fa1)

  9. I think ALL of us Republicans hated the Miers nomination, with the exception of Hugh Hewitt.

    Dustin, Bush already spent all of his political capitol, and is digging his way into deep political debt. The only thing he’s got going for him is that he nominated two good justices (one under intense protest from his base), and his unwillingness to abandon the Iraqi people. Oh, and the tax break he gave Americans 6 years ago.

    Other than that, very little he’s done makes sense from a conservative standpoint imo.

    Kevin (1c20c1)

  10. Update: Bush declares political bankrupcy!


    Kevin (1c20c1)

  11. Kevin,

    I think you are clearly right, Bush is conservative like Nixon was. He’s also popular like Nixon tends to be. I don’t see Bush persuading anyone on anything (at least to agree with him), but is he bankrupt? A negative reputation has power.

    What if focus groups have identified that the Republican presidential nominee cannot be associated with Bush and win moderates, but that nominee also cannot piss off party loyalists by distancing himself from the war-time president? The best way out of this problem would be for Bush to piss off the loyalists and make it easy for the next Republican ticket to distance themselves from Bush.

    I think Bush’s generals are doing well in Iraq, and Bush should get some credit for it. Though I have to temper that with the fact that Bush has made this war soooo much harder to win with his refusal to make his case, a case he could easily make, too.

    but listen to us, I can maintain my republican bonafides, and play to the middle at the same time. Isn’t it interesting that Bush has facilitated this scenario?

    Dustin (50889f)

  12. I wish Bush and his advisers were that smart, Dustin. I don’t think they are.

    DRJ (2d5e62)

  13. I suppose he thinks we are 100% behind this amnesty plan what a fool

    krazy kagu (b3aac5)

  14. Kevin and Dustin (re comments 1 and 2)
    My impression for the last six years is that the White House thinks as little as possible. Apparently it makes their little headsies hurt or something.

    It’s the only way to explain a level of incompetence in the White House not seen in our lifetimes.

    kishnevi (7a9e8b)

  15. The fact that people in congress have claimed that “americans want this bill passed” shows they are all morons who couldn’t drool propperly without watching an instructional video first.

    Over half of the country is against it, and less than a third supports it…


    I really, really hope this dies, but I fear it won’t. If it comes down to it, I hope the SANE members of congress throw a crap load of pork onto it, enough to force Bush to veto it…

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  16. but but but Karl Rove is a master genius!!!

    yeah, I know my whole spiel is borderline ridiculous. I just would feel a lot better if the free world was led by a super-genius.

    Anyway, I’m pretty sure that Clinton got credit for smarts he didn’t have by any means, especially if you look at his results.

    Dustin (50889f)

  17. You’re right, Dustin. I just liked the analogy :).

    Kevin (1c20c1)

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