Andrew Cohen, writing for washingtonpost.com, has been right on the money in his 'The Great Gonzo' series (my title, not his):
Believe Who? The President or Your Own Eyes?
The art of politics, I suppose, is the art of trying to convince someone of something that you yourself don't really believe; to convince someone that they ought to believe you and not their own lying eyes. I know this but I still cringe whenever I hear a politician say something totally at odds with objective reality. I cringe because I consider it a waste of my time to be listening to it and a waste of the speaker's time in saying it.
Don't that just sum it up? And...
The House has scheduled a vote today on a bill that would require U.S. troops to begin pulling out of Iraq by Oct. 1. Democratic leaders predict they will have enough votes to pass the legislation and send it on to President Bush for his promised veto.
Several House members said they would go along with the bill negotiated with the Senate in a bid for party unity despite their desire for an earlier, binding withdrawal date.
They can't get a bill. Well, they can but it'll never pass the Senate. Well, it passed the Senate, but they don't have the votes to pass the conference bill. Well, it'll get passed but it will get vetoed (a clear defeat for Democrats). Well, Republican lawmakers are on the defensive and not Dems, but...
What's on your mind today?