President Bush needs to declare another war, and this one doesn’t even require any funding approval.
Today I want to write a little bit on President Bush’s seeming domestic wimpiness concerning his interaction with Congress. I’ve always been amazed at the president’s ability to go after terrorists and other enemies of America with tenacity, and, when it comes to what can only be describes as his “enemies” at home, he often seems to grab his ankles and hum The Battle Hymn of the Republic until it’s over.
Why does he do this? Is Bush trying to improve his approval ratings? Well, cooperating with a Democrat controlled Congress isn’t the way to do it. The approval rating of Congress is lower than that of Bush (Congress = 28%, Bush = 35% in the most recent Gallup). This is a fact that isn’t exactly trumpeted by Congress.
Sun Tzu wrote that all armies prefer high ground to low, so I’m assuming that presidents do too. Believe it or not, as far as the numbers go, President Bush occupies that high ground in any Congress vs. Bush battle, and thus has the upper hand. Now Bush just needs to realize that.
An editorial in today’s New York Post echoes the sentiment of those who are tired of watching Bush try to “play ball” with a group of people who don’t care about the ball, and only use the bat to hit Bush.
On Tuesday, the president decided to let Congress look at executive-branch internal documents regarding personnel practice – an almost unheard of gesture.
All he asked was that lawmakers not issue subpoenas and create a media spectacle over the matter.
But less than 24 hours later, a House panel nonetheless authorized subpoenas for White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, ex-Counsel Harriet Miers and other key Bush aides.
So much for the nice-guy route.
If the subpoenas are actually issued, the White House needs to fight them tooth-and-nail – for the president surely holds the constitutional high ground.
It is now clear that the Democratic Congress intends to give Bush no peace for the remainder of his term.
No peace on the war.
No peace domestically.
No peace whatsoever.
Bush needn’t play along – not for a minute. And he shouldn’t.
He’s been offering olive branches left and right, and failing to defend what he believes is right.
He’d fallen down on this even before the latest flap over Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ handling of the ouster of eight federal prosecutors – a case where there’s never been a shred of evidence of a scandal.
The rest of the NY Post editorial is here.
Come on, Mr. President. The time has come to take a short break from defending the nation and worry for just a day about defending yourself. Defense is like charity, it starts at home. Maybe if you stood up for yourself in an effective fashion domestically there would be more people inclined to believe that you know what you’re doing internationally (with the exception of protecting our southern border, which I’ll never understand).
Hope, however, springs eternal.