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Its me asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

How Come Bush wants to be Bi Partisan Now, and now he wants Moderation?

He didnt want moderation before but now he says America wants moderation and moderates and cooperation btween Dems and Repupbs.

Before he didnt even return a dem call or letem darken his door

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  • GJ
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    1 decade ago
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    You may believe that all of a sudden Bush has seen the light as expressed by the voters, but a leopard does not change it's spots.

    His efforts are purely for salvaging what is left of the Republican party. He will play nice with the Dems. when it serves his purpose but be assured he will stay the course. Rove hasn't hung up his bag of dirty tricks yet.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because that is what lame duck presidents (from both parties) do.

    I will be uncharacteristically generous to Bush for a moment, and say that his primary mistake ... the contribution he has made to the horrible partisanship we've experienced ... can be summed up in two words ... Karl Rove.

    Karl Rove is what The Godfather would call a 'war-time consiglieri.' He is a ruthless win-at-all-costs political adviser ... understandable during elections (although I still think Rove's tactics are *way* over the line), but inexplicable when trying to govern. As a result, Bush's first year (before 9/11) was a partisan disaster ... with Rove and the Republicans in both houses (remember Trent Lott?) treating the Democrats like a pesky inconvenience. Bush's poll numbers were in the tank within a year in office.

    There was a brief moment of bipartisanship after 9/11. This was Bush's shining moment, and I give him credit for it ... but the members of *both* parties in congress deserve some credit too. This was the moment when all Americans focused on recovery, worldwide solidarity, and a common enemy, and we hunted for Bin Laden and Al Qaeda with ferocity, toppled the Taliban, and almost had AQ cornered in Tora Bora.

    But then something weird happened. Unable to capture Bin Laden, Bush inexplicably turned his attention to Saddam Hussein and Iraq. (I call it the "shiny object" sindrome.) IMO, this is where advisers like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and all the signers from the PNAC doctrine failed Bush ... everyone but Colin Powell, who disagreed, but for his trouble was forced to embarass himself in front of the U.N. They saw in Iraq a bigger prize ... using the post-9/11 rage of Americans as an opportunity to unseat an old enemy, and gain a long-wished-for foothold in the middle east.

    And this was when Karl Rove went into full gear ... character-assasinating anyone who disagreed with the build-up to the Iraq war, disclosing classified information or outing CIA operatives when necessary, and vilifying any Democrat in congress who DARED to question the President in a time of war, this "War On Terrorism." This was Karl Rove, the war-time consiglieri, at his best.

    So the result, after six years of George "I'm a uniter, not a divider" Bush? A political division in this country unlike anything ever seen ... even worse than the Clinton years. Pretty soon we'll be like the Sunnis and Shiites. Just look at the tone of posts .... from both sides ... on YA. Americans expressing open *hatred* of other Americans!

    So now Bush offers the olive branch again. The Dems are obliged to take it (I agree with Pelosi and Reid that discussions of impeachment are not to be considered). But as long as Karl Rove pulls the strings ... the Dems need to watch their backs.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Uh... excuse me. Bush wanted to set a "new tone" in Washington soon after taking office in 2001 but the Democrats wanted none of it. It was the Democrats that cried and whimpered for 6 years, hurling insult after insult, charge after charge. Bush behaved well under extreme verbal assault from the left. Now that the Dems have taken Congress, the olive branch he originally extended in 2001 is still there.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He never engaged in bipartisanship his entire 6 years of power. And thus, he was able to achieve unlimited power due to lack of checks and balances. But lately, he has finally gotten the message that the American people are pissed and want change. I think Bush FINALLY understands the message from the American voters.

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  • 1 decade ago

    He accepts the results of the election. Something that certain other politicians wouldn't know about.

  • 1 decade ago

    Haven't you realized that Bush is a f@#*! lyin jack@$$????!!

    It's finally dawned to him that the American people are pissed. Pissed at him. And he's just tryin, now, not to be assassinated.

    I know, that being president is hard and all, especially with post 9/11 and all, but come on! Roosevelt had the Depression and WWII to deal with, and he did it!

  • 1 decade ago

    He's just trying to keep out of prison... I think he'll be very cooperative with the democratic party now.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dude, If I don't kiss some major Dem butt, they are going to be impeaching me.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    And the House republicans wouldn't even let a bill reach the floor to be debated or voted on. Welcome to the nightmare folks.

  • 1 decade ago

    I guess with you libs he's damned if he does and he's damned if he doesn't. Why don't you lefties MAKE UP YOUR MINDS!!!! Give him some credit.

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