Monday, March 06, 2006
Back in 2000, a campaign mantra of George Bush was "I'm a uniter not a divider." In retrospect, he couldn't have been more off the mark. In his 5 1/2 years as president, Bush has succeeded in dividing just about everything and everyone he's come in contact with: our allies, Americans, religious groups, Congress and the media. And now he's very close to alienating himself from the last vestige of support he's enjoyed: his own party.
The United Arab Emirates ports deal has been the proverbial straw that broke the GOP leadership's back. With many facing re-election this year, House and Senate Republicans have been jumping ship faster than Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. The president has been curiously inflexible in his push for the sale to close, even threatening to use a first-ever veto to beat down Congress if necessary. Reluctantly, he's agreed to a 45-day investigation so that lawmakers can properly vet the deal (an investigation which just happens to be required by law, a little annoyance Bush initially overlooked).
When you add this Dubai Ports World deal to the 2005/6 Bush Greatest Hits album--torture, Harriet Miers, Katrina, Shooter and Scooter, illegal wiretappings and other PR disasters--it spells trouble for incumbants like Bill Frist, Rick Santorum, Dennis Hastert and John Boehner. I'm not sure who's been harder on him lately, them or Democrats. It's safe to say, the lame duck just got even lamer.
With his Republican brethren abandoning him in droves, The Great Divider has brilliantly completed the last link in the alienation chain. What's left, separate beds for him and Laura?