his lame duck but" <abc news.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1708751> yesterday. "President B*us*h still faces bipartisan rancor in Congress over te*rr*orism vulnerabilities at American ports even though an election-year veto battle over a Dubai-owned company's U.S. port plans has been defused. Legislation on the issue has piled up in both the House and the Senate in the weeks since the flap over DP World erupted and divided B*us*h from the GOP-led Congress. Before the United Arab Emirates-based company's announcement, the House and Senate appeared all but certain to block DP World's U.S. plan despite B*us*h's veto threats a message that GOP congressional leaders delivered personally to the W*h*ite Hou*se. Facing a disapproving public in an election year, a House committee overwhel-mingly voted against the plan Wednesday. And House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., warned the president in a private meeting Thursday that the Senate inevitably would follow suit..." ABC News <http:// www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1708751>. Bet ole CIC was wondering where was Dick-himself to supervise the *use of fi*rearms* when he needed him? Haha!
*more* <http://karenmcl.blogspot.com/2006/03/like-shooting-fish-in-barrelor-lame.html> posted by Karen McL @
<http://karenmcl.blogspot.com/2006/03/like-shooting-fish-in-barrelor-lame.html> 0 comments himself has become a critic, not just of Mr. B*u-s*h's policies, but of his personal qualities, too. Never mind; better late than never. We should welcome the recent epiphanies by conservative commentators who have finally realized that the Bush administration isn't trustworthy. But we should guard against a con-ventional wisdom that seems to be taking hold in some quarters, which says there's some thing praiseworthy about having initially been taken in by B*us*h's deceptions, even thou-gh the administration's mendacity was obvious from the beginning. According to this view, if you're a former Bu*sh supporter who now says, as Mr. Bartlett did at the Cato event, that "the administration lies about budget numbers," you are a brave truth-teller. But if you have been saying that since the early days of the B**h administration, you were un-pleasantly shrill. Similarly, if you're a former worshipful admirer of George Bu*sh who now says, as Mr. Sullivan did at Cato, that "the people in this administration have no prin-ciples," you're taking a courageous stand. If you said the same thing back when B*us*h had an 80 percent approval rating, you were blinded by B*us*h h-a-t-red. If you are a former hawk who now concedes that the administration exaggerated the threat from