Saturday, July 14, 2007

We might as well talk about something else...

Because nothing is going to change and I don't feel like going through the motions again. I'm thinking about skipping the next two months of posturing in the Senate and not bother commenting because it's a waste of time. Bush is in control and not enough Senators will join the Democrats so at the end of the day nothing will have changed.

Yet no matter how battered he seems, no matter how unpopular he may be in the polls, President Bush still holds the commanding position in his showdown with Congress over Iraq. Even with Republican defections, as votes in both houses made clear this week, opponents do not have anywhere near the veto-proof majorities needed to wrest leadership of the war.

The almost-certain result, according to strategists in both parties, will be at least two more months of anger and posturing but no change in direction. A weakened president is desperately playing for time while a Democratic opposition mounts its case against him and Republican lawmakers agonize over how long to stick with him. Bush will keep pressing his strategy in Iraq in hopes that it produces more than the meager results his White House reported yesterday while his foes keep scoring political points and not much else.