Guest Blogger Paul Parker
(on a 19.6 kbps dial-up; its -6 degrees, but sunny)
Now for a few headlines
According to today’s LA Times (sub req) the
"There's no oath, nothing signed in blood," the attorney said. "They race together; they eat at Wendy's and Denny's together; they get together and fix up their cars. They do anything a group of 20-year-olds would do."
According to today’s Post, “Powell Advised Bush to Add Iraq Troops.” No, not in the buildup to the war:
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair last month that there were too few troops in
No wonder Powell did not rate a Medal of Freedom. Meanwhile, Donald Rumsfeld visited Mosul today to try to rebuild his soiled reputation.
The Post also has a behind-the-scenes look at a White House Public Liason officer, whom the headline calls, “Pipeline to the President.”
Goeglein will be an influential, if little-seen, player in coming years, too, working with conservatives to create private Social Security savings accounts, overhaul the tax code, outlaw same-sex marriage, and limit the number and size of lawsuits. If a Supreme Court vacancy emerges, Goeglein will be Rove's point man dealing with the political right over who should become the next justice. After all, it was Goeglein who three years ago created an influential coalition of conservatives to pressure lawmakers to approve Bush's judges in the Senate and prepare for the next Supreme Court fight. That group has raised as much as $5 million and is planning to lead the charge for conservative justices.
Familiar stuff to policy wonks, not so familiar to those who vote based on candidate image.