I keep forgeting the adults are not in charge

Upon hearing the news of Rumsfeld’s resignation my first thought was the Republicans must be seething with anger that it came one day after the election. I’ve puzzled why Bush hadn’t made the move earlier when it could have helped Republicans. What on earth were the reasonings behind that one I wondered. TheNYT reports today that the move had been planned since this summer but…

Mr. Bush ultimately postponed action until after the election in part because of concern that to remove Mr. Rumsfeld earlier could be interpreted by critics as political opportunism or as ratifying their criticism of the White House war plan in the heart of the campaign, the White House insiders and outsiders said.

It’s not that Bush is not a political opportunist. The Campaigner in Chief embodies political opportunism. He just didn’t want to be grandly exposed as opportunist and blow that whole I’m the Decider schtik he’s had going on. Nor did he believe in the war plan. He knew criticism was justified, he just didn’t want to confirm it.

TodayThe Hill reports that Republicans are “furious” over the timing of Rummy’s resignation…

Members and staff still reeling from Tuesday’s rout are furious about the administration’s decision to dump the controversial defense secretary one day after their historic loss, they said in a series of interviews about the election results.


“They did this to protect themselves, but they couldn’t protect us?” another Republican aide said yesterday.

That last quote sums up what I concluded last night. I’m embarrassed to admit I even spent more than 3 minutes trying to derive meaningful political reasoning for Bush’s lack of action earlier on Rummy when the answer was what I’ve known all along…Bush…he’s a selfish bastard.

16 thoughts on “I keep forgeting the adults are not in charge

  1. That aide is a selfish bastard too. It is all about them – not about the soliders in harm’s way or the Iraqis.

  2. It’s just astonishing how totally immersed he is in his bubble. How could he have possibly thought that he could can Dumsfeld one day too late to help Congressional Republicans AND be able to push Bolton’s nomination thru a lame duck session?
    Um…George? Republicans on Capitol Hill hate you now almost as much as the Dems do. You’d have a hard time getting St Ronnie confirmed right now, let alone someone as divisive as Bolton.
    Wake the fuck up Bubble Boy…

  3. …Bush…he’s a selfish bastard.
    And look where it’s gotten him. One more mess Poppy’s pals have to clean up. It’s no coincidence Gates was on the Iraq review committee Baker headed up.
    Expect to hear more about that, too, if only as a counterpoint to Democratic proposals on what to do about Iraq. Chimpy needs a new club, but he’s gonna have to take orders from Poppy now, not Cheney any longer.
    Rummy was Cheney’s man. This represents a huge shift, and that “Decider” shtick is gonna come out more and more as Bush protests (too much, methinks) that he’s still in charge.
    It’s almost funny. Almost.

  4. .
    karl rove: election blunderer-in-chief.
    (delaying the criminal dumsfeld’s ousting really was an awefully stupid thing to do)

  5. It strikes me as a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” decision, as far as the electoral politics of it go. When you get you ass handed to you, all the decisions leading up to it look bad. Had Bush fired Rummy in mid-summer, and they still had gotten “thumped” Tuesday, they’d be saying “Bush should have waited. Because getting thumped couldn’t have anything to do with what WE did.”
    Obviously, as pointed out above, from the “let’s try to not get American soldiers killed” point of view, it happened WAY too late.
    – robertearle

  6. Thanks Scout – I’ve been wondering the same thing about the timing.
    Now help me out here – Bush says he got the message.
    Next breath, Bush says that the current folks must rubber stamp Bolten, they must pass his wiretap laws, they must approve torture, etc .
    With the electorate clearly indicating that they are fed up, wouldn’t the above list be the best way to extend the middle finger of friendship and position it up the people’s collective …

  7. from Huffpo
    Just days after his resignation, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany’s top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

  8. Dumb Question – I’m a little young to trust my memory on this.
    Bush stood up the other day and spoke on the election stating that he took responsibility as he was the head of the republican party.
    Did previous presidents identify themselves more as president of the USA or more as head of their respective parties? For example, did Kennedy identify hiself as head of the demos? Did Nixon identify himself as head of the republicans?
    It just seems to me that Bush saying that he was head of the party seems a terribly partisan label.

  9. Of course the President is numero uno in his party, but prior presidents left the job of being the head of his party to the chairman of that party. Once elected they saw themselves as President of the United States of America, including every single one of us citizens. Bush is absolutely unique in his total disdain for anyone but Republicans, as demonstrated by his continual childish slaps at New York and California, for example, not to mention his “let them eat cake” attitude towards New Orleans – none of those groups voted for him. Then, add in his refusal to ever appear before an audience that is not cleared of all of those who might possibly not worship him. This man is a psycho. And, that was apparent to me before the 2000 election, but not to the majority of my fellow Americans.

  10. Why the timing of the announcement? He wanted to wait for the election results. I still feel that, if the Repukes had held on to the House and the Senate, Rummy would still be the SecDef today.
    But even Rummy knew that the Dems won’t kowtow to him like his own party apparatus did, so rather than change his style to work with others, he quit like a coward, or he was fired by a coward, or both.

  11. I think it’s more likely that he never thought the Dems would take the Senate. When it looked like that would happen, Rummy going was inevitable and they acted quickly so they could get their Iran-Contra replacement confirmed before the Dems could take office.

  12. I agree that as prez he is head of the party. But I can’t remember any prez in my lifetime making such a point of it. At least to me, this strongly making the point comes acress as terribly partisan.

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