The nastier they get, the more trouble we know they're in. The more outrageous the lies they tell, the more ridiculous they sound.
They are headed over a cliff and they are scrambling to take us all with them.
We say Hell No, We Won't Go.
WASHINGTON (Map, News) - President Bush and his top aides have become more combative toward Democrats in recent days, reflecting the arrival of White House Counselor Ed Gillespie, an aggressive political strategist.
On Monday, White House Counsel Fred Fielding not only asserted executive privilege to thwart congressional subpoenas, he also lectured Democratic lawmakers for daring to “direct” Bush to comply.
“We are aware of no authority by which a congressional committee may ‘direct’ the Executive,” Fielding wrote to top Democrats.
At the same time, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow accused Democrats of larding up the federal budget with tens of billions in irresponsible spending.
“Democrats are at it again,” Snow said. “The president won’t stand for that. He’ll veto any bill that doesn’t hold the line on spending.”
Bush himself took a swipe at Democratic profligacy in his weekly radio address Saturday.
“Democrats are failing in their responsibility to make tough decisions and spend the people’s money wisely,” Bush said. “They are working to bring back the failed tax-and-spend policies of the past.”
Last week, Snow accused former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., of “chutzpah” for criticizing Bush’s commutation of Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s perjury sentence. Snow and other White House officials cited Bill Clinton’s pardons of many controversial figures, including fugitive financier Marc Rich.
Meanwhile, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said that since Democrats took over Congress six months ago, they have launched 300 investigations, conducted 600 oversight hearings and made 350 demands for documents and interviews of the administration — while only passing a half dozen major bills.
All this tough talk did not go unnoticed by conservative commentator Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard.
“This past week,” Barnes said on Fox News, “the president did get a little tougher.”
“Well, what do you attribute that to?” Fox host Brit Hume asked.
“Ed Gillespie,” said Mara Liasson of National Public Radio.
“Ed is tough; Ed is a fighter,” he said. “He replaced Dan Bartlett, who I think took a different approach.”
Gillespie, who joined the White House on June 27, did not respond to requests for comment.
Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Stacie Paxton called Gillespie a “loyal foot soldier willing to spin the Bush administration’s clear pattern of putting its partisan interests and special interest agenda ahead of what’s best for the American people.”(In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. The Lantern has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article nor is The Lantern endorsed or sponsored by the originator.)
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