Monday, April 16, 2007

Lots of sound and fury...

...emanating from the president.

Signifying nothing, of course.

For all his chest-thumping about vetoes and the vital objective of funding the troops, even as congress was out of town for the Easter recess - the president - unopposed - as in all by himself - managed to lose support among the American people. (Poll data here)

Bush used a backdrop of military families to declare: "We should not legislate defeat in this vital war." Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), flanked by retired Army generals, fired back, "The president and the vice president continue to desperately cling to their failed escalation strategy and attack those who disagree with them."

Democrats appear to be standing on firm political ground, as they work toward a final bill. A Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,141 adults, conducted April 12-15, found that 58 percent trusted the Democrats in Congress to do a better job handling the situation in Iraq, compared with 33 percent who trusted Bush.

If this were an ordinary day, the cliff crumbling from beneath the elephant would be getting a lot more attention...

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