Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Desperation Begets Lies

The Bush administration must be feeling some pressure lately. First they had Bush taking questions from people that were actually not screened in Ohio. I believe that this may be a first. Second, they had him do one of his rare press conferences yesterday. He even called on the tough questioning Helen Thomas, something that he has not done in 4 years.

During yesterday’s press conference Bush for the first time commented on Senator Russ Feingold’s move to censure him. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today that Bush said the following:

"I did notice that nobody from the Democratic Party has actually stood up and called for getting rid of the terrorist surveillance program," Bush said at a news conference Tuesday.

"You know, if that's what they believe, if people in the party believe that, then they ought to stand up and say it," Bush said. "They ought to stand up and say, 'The tools we're using to protect the American people shouldn't be used.' They ought to take their message to the people and say, 'Vote for me. I promise we're not going to have a terrorist surveillance program.' "

Could this guy be any more dishonest? Feingold has NEVER suggested that we should “get rid of the terrorist surveillance program.” He has only said that it should be done under the rule of law. No one is above the law, remember the late 1990's?

Then the GOP shows their desperation by lying. This also from the Journal Sentinel:

The home page of the Republican National Committee's Web site ( featured a picture Tuesday of Feingold sternly pointing his finger and a headline reading, "Democrats Want to Censure President Bush for Fighting the War on Terror."
Feingold is opposed to breaking the law. Feingold is opposed to warrentless wiretapping and spying on U.S. Citizens. That is what the censure is all about. Show me one place where Feingold or any other Democrat states that they “want to Censure President Bush for Fighting the War on Terror.” Can’t find that quote? Probably because it does not exist.

There are a lot of reasons that people blatantly lie. One is because they are desperate. Given the low poll numbers for Bush, Congress, and their war in Iraq, I guess I can see why they would resort to lies.

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