AP moved a story this afternoon that suggests GW Bush is a flip-flopper. Of course, they don't come right out and say so, and the story carries no byline (someone feeling endangered?), but it just begs to be in the papers as a little sidebar with the right headline.
President Bush's decision Tuesday to allow his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to testify publicly before the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks reversed earlier White House insistence that she would only appear privately.
Some previous Bush reversals in the face of criticism:
_He argued a federal Department of Homeland Security wasn't needed, then devised a plan to create one.
_He resisted a commission to investigate Iraq (news – web sites) intelligence failures, but then relented.
_He also initially opposed the creation of the independent commission to examine if the 2001 attacks could have been prevented, before getting behind the idea under pressure from victims' families.
_He opposed, and then supported, a two-month extension of the commission's work, after the panel said protracted disputes over access to White House documents left too little time.
_He at first said any access to the president by the commission would be limited to just one hour but relaxed the limit earlier this month.
Those are not examples of flip-flopping. Read them carefully. They are examples of either:
1. Correcting a mistake.
2. Compromising with others.
It is easy to infer an intelligent public welfare motivation for each of the policy changes. Sounds like good government to me. Put another way, when a ruling is overturned by an appellate court, has The Law flip flopped in the sense the term is is used in the article? I think not.
A true flip flop is when a politician articulates a view contrary to a previous one, for no other apparant reason than to conform to the latest opinion poll. In other words, she has changed her view to become more popular, not because he or she believes that a change or compromise with a previous belief is in order. An examination of Kerry’s “flip flops” will reveal to the investigator that virtually none of the more notable ones could be said to have been for any other motivation but his popularity. Botox anyone?
Right, MP. He changed his mind because politics dictate that he do so. You’ll make up the most pathetic excuses for him, won’t you.
It’s especially funny when you realize he’s not the one making the decisions anyway. Insisting that Cheney appear with him in front of the 9/11 Commission is incredible and pitiful. Why is he afraid to appear by himself? Why are his handlers preventing it? Whom does he think he’s fooling?
His diehard supporters, I guess.
You need to see him for what he is.
Worst. President. Ever.
exactly! dp has it.
DP, Jack — you have it. GWB is the worst president ever. Perhaps because he is an Imposter and was not elected. His brother finally conceded that the voter scrub list in Florida was badly flawed and skewed to favor Bush. Everybody knew it, but it just took this long for Jeb to admit it.
Has anyone read much of John Dean? I read ‘Lost Honor’ recently (not his newest, Worse than Watergate). Lost Honor is an interesting reflection on the Nixon mentality. IT was chilling, when compared to the conduct of GWB.
Dean speaks of the “Imperial Presidency”, which is even more aptly descriptive of the Bush reign.
Bush, like Nixon, has a desire to redefine the Presidency and fundamentally change the balance of powers.