Shorter Dana: No
Q Is there any approach that the administration can take to deal with Zimbabwe, what’s going on in Zimbabwe, other than condemnation?
MS. PERINO: I would — make sure that you have a chance to look at the briefing today by Ambassador James McGee, who is our Ambassador to Zimbabwe. He did an on-the-record briefing earlier today and said that they’re going to look at the full suite of diplomatic tools that they have available to them. But there’s no doubt that the situation in Zimbabwe is worsening, and it was already a terrible situation.
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Q Dana, the climate change bill and the action in the Senate. What do you say to those who say that by threatening to veto this cap and trade system and with a Republican filibuster, that basically, let’s just kick the can down the road for another year and postpone action on this issue?
MS. PERINO: Well, I think it would be, one, important for people to look at the fact of what really happened on this bill. This was a — they tried to have a vote on the Boxer substitute, which is Senator Boxer’s bill, that had not been fully analyzed, had not been given any economic analysis, had not been given any environmental impact analysis, and the Republicans had a beef with how theDemocrat Majority Leader was treating them when it came to an agreement that they felt they had on judges. So there are parliamentary maneuvers that can be taken on both sides.
Q What about the — the backers of the bill said that they think they really have the strength to pass it. And they’re citing this letter that both Senator Obama and Senator McCain signed, saying they would have voted for it had they been there.
MS. PERINO: I don’t know if that’s a clever way to try to get me to talk about ’08 politics, but let’s just say we did not support the bill.
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Q Dana, can you describe for us the President’s reaction to the latest economic numbers? And does he believe that the stimulus package will be a difference-maker in terms of making this downturn short-lived?
MS. PERINO: Well, you’ll hear from the President pretty soon, because at the swearing in for Steve Preston over at the Department of Housing and Urban Development I believe the President will address the housing number today.
We’re obviously not happy with the unemployment number that had gone up.
Dana Don’t Know!
Q We’ve just gotten news that the United States intends to walk away from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Are you aware of those reports? Can you confirm them?
MS. PERINO: I wasn’t aware of it, but I’ll refer you to the State Department for more. I think they’re briefing now.