Or we will all go down together…
George Bush’s political career will be over in 2008 when he will retire to Rancho Borracho and spend his autumnal years clearing brush, golfing, and racing Our Dear Laura to see who drink themselves into oblivion first before Jenna and NotJenna start squeezing out another generation of old money gypsies, tramps, and thieves. But other Republicans want to hang onto their phoney-baloney jobs, at least until they can secure a high-paying job where they can trade on their putative “pull” in Washington for a high-paying gig like notorious failure John Engler from Michigan.
Which leads us to Republicans hitting the airwaves and urging President Drunky McLameduck to draw off a little Abramoff fire while they run for cover:
Republican legislators urged President Bush today to make public photographs and information about contacts that he or his top aides had with the lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has pleaded guilty to felony charges of conspiracy and fraud in an influence-peddling scandal.
Speaking on the Sunday morning television programs, the lawmakers also called for greater White House cooperation with a Senate inquiry into the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.
“Get it out, get it out,” Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, said of the Abramoff material. He suggested on ABC television that photos of Mr. Abramoff with Mr. Bush were likely to emerge anyway and that “disclosure is the best and most effective way to deal with all of these things.”
Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, both Republicans, echoed that thought. “More is better, in terms of disclosure and transparency,” Mr. Thune said on Fox.
President Bush discussed the photos â€” and his reluctance to release them â€”at his news conference last week, after White House officials acknowledged their existence. He said they were among thousands of such souvenir “grip and grin” pictures taken of visitors of varying importance, and were essentially meaningless.
“I’ve had my picture taken with a lot of people,” he said. “Having my picture taken with someone doesn’t mean that, you know, I’m a friend with them or know them very well.”
Just another Bush pioneer….
“I’m also mindful,” he added, seeking to justify the White House decision not to release the pictures, “that we live in a world in which those pictures will be used for pure political purposes.”
It’s Karl Rove’s world and we all have to live in it.