Bush Cuts and Runs from “Stay the Course”

Following up on Pamela’s earlier post about the AP analysis: “Bush’s new tack steers clear of ‘stay the course’

*** Somebody out there needs to make one of those classic ads showing Dumbya saying “Stay the course” over and over and then have him say “I never said Stay the Course”; Then call him a Flip-Flopper, or better still some replays of him in ’04 saying “flip-flop”………Paybacks, as they say Mr. President, are hell……

President Bush and his aides are annoyed that people keep misinterpreting his Iraq policy as “stay the course.” A complete distortion, they say. “That is not a stay-the-course policy,” White House press secretary Tony Snow declared yesterday.

Where would anyone have gotten that idea? Well, maybe from Bush.

“We will stay the course. We will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed,” he said in Salt Lake City in August.

“We will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course,” he said in Milwaukee in July.

“I saw people wondering whether the United States would have the nerve to stay the course and help them succeed,” he said after returning from Baghdad in June.

But the White House is cutting and running from “stay the course.” A phrase meant to connote steely resolve instead has become a symbol for being out of touch and rigid in the face of a war that seems to grow worse by the week, Republican strategists say. Democrats have now turned “stay the course” into an attack line in campaign commercials, and the Bush team is busy explaining that “stay the course” does not actually mean stay the course.

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4 Responses to Bush Cuts and Runs from “Stay the Course”

  1. BobsAdvice says:


    Sounds like one of those classic flip-flops to me. Sort of like “First I was for ‘Stay the Course’ before I was against it!”

    There is nothing that this Administration can do or will do that will surprise me. We haven’t seen the October Surprise yet :(. What will it be this time? What about another videotape from Osama saying he “urges Americans to vote for the Democrats!”. Or something like that?

    And somebody behind the scenes is pulling out all of the stops. The only reason I think we have a chance with a fair election is that the gas prices keep falling and the Dow keeps rallying to new highs. THAT is going to cost plenty!

    Watch the price of gas after November 7th! Anyone else think it is going higher?


  2. My own experience tells me that people who stand on principle rarely feel the need to tell you they do so…their actions are sufficient. Conversely, it seems to me that those who routinely talk about their principles like a badge of honor are often the first to abandon those principles when it becomes expedient. The difference between these two extremes is obvious. People of integrity and sincerity have the quiet confidence that comes with both and those who lack either need to frequently assert that they possess both because deep down they know that both are absent. To express the concept another way, there are those who know they can lead and there are those who know they want to lead.

    Fortunately, time has a way of forcing truth to the surface and it now appears that the Bush administration has reached its day of reckoning. For the bulk of this year, the GOP has waged a relentless attack on Democrats…all the while convinced that they had the votes they needed to succeed in November…a virtual rerun requiring little more than the roll out of their battle tested rhetoric. Unfortunately for the GOP, during this same time frame voter doubt grew as casualties mounted, sectarian violence became civil war, assurances that the end of conflict was in sight were wrong, and, lastly, the assertions that the opposition was in its last throes proved inaccurate. Additionally, the purple fingers of democracy served little more than symbolism as the Iraqi’s almost immediately reverted to long held tribal alliances, cultural values, and religious beliefs.

    With that said, it isn’t difficult to understand why the GOP is now on the precipice of defeat. While the Republican Party focused on savaging Democrats, they failed to pay attention to the all too obvious realities…realities that did not escape the awareness of the voters they took for granted. Voters saw the realities in Iraq and the unwillingness of this President to shift strategies…and that has led to irreconcilable doubts about the President’s judgment and growing skepticism for the sincerity underlying his professed resolve. The bottom line is that voters lost confidence in the attributes they had been willing to assign and attach to this President.

    I believe these moderate voters are in the process of concluding that this President is more concerned with retaining power than acting with intelligence and integrity to serve the best interests of the nation. In my opinion, it looks to me that Rove/Bush concluded that 2006 could be won with the same strategy that succeeded in 2002 and 2004. Instead, I believe that it forced voters to view the election as a referendum on the policies and priorities of the Bush administration at a time when it could least withstand the scrutiny. It looks like voters are preparing to call a halt to this charade.

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  3. sandrakae says:

    Damn. It is amazing that 59 million people had a hearing problem for the past 5 f$cking years.

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