Sunday, April 23, 2006

LA Times: Dump Cheney

Bush's third term - Los Angeles Times:

"IF PRESIDENT BUSH HOPES the 'shake-up' of his administration initiated last week will re-energize his listless presidency, he's bound to be disappointed. A far more audacious makeover is needed, one that sends Vice President Dick Cheney into early retirement.

Second terms are notoriously difficult for presidents. For President Bush, it has been disastrous. His swaggering November 2004 news conference, at which he bragged 'I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it', seems from another era. Whatever political capital existed he has squandered with the Iraq war, the Valerie Plame leak inquiry and his ill-advised plan to partly privatize Social Security. His one victory, getting two reliable conservative jurists on the U.S. Supreme Court, is no doubt an enduring one. But there's nothing else."

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