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Another Flip-Flopper

I know this won’t phase cheerleaders, but it lends credence to some of the things that people have been trying to say for quite some time.

You can bet that as time passes, especially after the president had finished his term, that a lot of things will start to come out… it always happens that way.

Bush ex-strategist says loses faith in president
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070401/pl_nm/bush_dowd_dc_2

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief strategist of George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign said he had lost faith in the U.S. president over Iraq and other issues, in a high-level rupture of Bush’s famously loyal inner circle.

Matthew Dowd, a polling expert who switched parties to become a Republican and also served as a senior strategist in Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, told The New York Times in an interview on Sunday that Bush must face up to Americans’ growing disillusionment with the war.

Dowd said he had found himself agreeing with calls by Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, Bush’s opponent in 2004, for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

“If the American public says they’re done with something, our leaders have to understand what they want,” Dowd said. “They’re saying, 'Get out of Iraq.”’

He also cited the administration’s bungled handling of the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Bush’s refusal to meet Cindy Sheehan, who had lost a son in Iraq, while she was leading a protest outside Bush’s Texas ranch.

“I had finally come to the conclusion that maybe all these things along do add up,” Dowd said. “That it’s not the same, it’s not the person I thought.”

Although some other administration officials have expressed similar views over the years, the Times said Dowd is the first member of Bush’s inner circle to break so publicly with him.

Dowd said he had been attracted to Bush by his ability as Texas governor to work across party lines but Bush had failed to do the same as president and had become isolated with his views hardening. The Times said Dowd was speaking out partly in an effort to get through to Bush.

“I really like him, which is why I’m so disappointed in things,” Dowd said. “I think he’s become more, in my view, secluded and bubbled in.”

He said Bush had failed to call for a shared sacrifice among Americans after the September 11 attacks and followed a divisive political strategy.

Dowd helped develop Bush’s successful re-election strategy of rallying his Republican “base” but sounded a different note in the Times interview.

“I think we should design campaigns that appeal not to 51 percent of the people,” he said, “but to bring the country together as a whole.”

White House counselor Dan Bartlett said Dowd’s criticism reflects the U.S. debate over the war.

“This war is a complicated and difficult one and it brings out emotions in people from both sides of the aisle, even those who work closely for the president, and the president respects his position,” Bartlett said on CBS television’s “Face the Nation.”

“Obviously, we disagree with him as far as him (Bush) being too insular or him bringing the troops home,” Bartlett said. “What troubles me is that there is a perception that this president doesn’t understand the difficulties of this war … there’s nothing that weighs more heavily on his mind.”

The Times said Dowd acknowledged that the expected deployment to Iraq of his oldest son, Daniel, an Army intelligence specialist, was a factor in his changed view of Bush.

Dowd said he now wanted to “do my part in fixing fissures that I may have been a part of.”

Too little, too late as far as I’m concerned. Anyway, this is all insider-stuff, as far as the general public is concerned. All the general public knows is that the reality of Iraq doesn’t match up with Bush’s sales pitch, in the slightest.

I really think this is another example of a panicky Republican trying to minimize the long-term damage that Bush is inflicting on the GOP… you know, Oh, He’s not one of us…! Some of the conservatives here have tried the exact same line.

He flip flopped when he switched parties to work for Bush and now he flip flopped back.

Vroom actually CAN start a thread…and its anti-Bush too! Good job, Vroom!!!

[quote]Headhunter wrote:
Vroom actually CAN start a thread…and its anti-Bush too! Good job, Vroom!!![/quote]

It’s not very anti-Bush per se.

It’s significant as an “inside guy” deciding that what he has seen has bothered him. It’s not like I took the opportunity to slam the president or anything… that would really be anti-Bush.

Besides, the guy really is a flip-flopper, like Zap pointed out. Perhaps he keeps switching sides because he thinks he can find the “winning team” by doing so?

If so, doesn’t say much for him either.

[quote]vroom wrote:
Headhunter wrote:
Vroom actually CAN start a thread…and its anti-Bush too! Good job, Vroom!!!

It’s not very anti-Bush per se.

It’s significant as an “inside guy” deciding that what he has seen has bothered him. It’s not like I took the opportunity to slam the president or anything… that would really be anti-Bush.

Besides, the guy really is a flip-flopper, like Zap pointed out. Perhaps he keeps switching sides because he thinks he can find the “winning team” by doing so?

If so, doesn’t say much for him either.[/quote]

That is what it looks like to me but I never heard of the guy before.

[quote]vroom wrote:
Headhunter wrote:
Vroom actually CAN start a thread…and its anti-Bush too! Good job, Vroom!!!

It’s not very anti-Bush per se.

It’s significant as an “inside guy” deciding that what he has seen has bothered him. It’s not like I took the opportunity to slam the president or anything… that would really be anti-Bush.

Besides, the guy really is a flip-flopper, like Zap pointed out. Perhaps he keeps switching sides because he thinks he can find the “winning team” by doing so?

If so, doesn’t say much for him either.[/quote]

Sure it’s anti-Bush. The reality is anti-Bush.
You can only be in favor of Bush when you can stay in your bubble, carefully keeping the real world out.

On the other hand, Dowd of was in charge of his re-election campaign. The keyword being “re-election”. He can’t act all surprised now. He knew exactly what he was getting.

This guy should be ignored. He’s probably the one that got congratulations when a decorated war hero was portrayed as a coward and his draft dodging AWOL candidate became a patriot.

I would have asked him questions about his own responsibility in the disaster.

I would have asked him how many people he personally knows were serving, or had sons or daughters serving in Iraq.

We should try to make sure that people like him never get into a position of influence again.