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Karl Rove on the Democrat Congress

Posted by Ryan on November 9, 2007

As you can imagine, former Bush adviser and once proclaimed “Architect,” Karl Rove*, has a few choice things to say about the one year since the Dems took over both houses of Congress for the first time in twelve years.  Here’s a summary in his own words:

“Democrats had a moment after the 2006 election, but now that moment has passed. They’ve squandered it. They have demonstrated both the inability and unwillingness to govern. Instead, after more than a decade in the congressional minority, they reflexively look for short-term partisan advantage and attempt to appease the party’s most strident fringe. Now that Democrats have the reins of congressional power, their true colors are coming out and the public doesn’t like what it sees. 

The Democratic victory in 2006 was narrow. They won the House by 85,961 votes out of over 80 million cast and the Senate by a mere 3,562 out of over 62 million cast. A party that wins control by that narrow margin can quickly see its fortunes reversed when it fails to act responsibly, fails to fulfill its promises, and fails to lead.”

“Their true colors” have led to a series of historically low approval ratings and a huge opportunity for Republicans next year.  My cynicism comes in at this point in that I have little faith that the Republicans will fight back the way that they should, especially in Blue Dog districts, against freshmen Dems nationwide in formerly Republican districts, and through the campaigning of the eventual nominee. 

*For the record, I’ve always been more impressed with Karen Hughes’ political skills over Karl Rove’s.

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Attorney General Michael Mukasey

Posted by Ryan on November 9, 2007

One of the few things Congress has done since taking over in January happened today when Michael Mukasey’s nomination for Attorney General was passed and accepted by the Senate by a 53-40 vote.  This nomination should have flown through quickly, but the liberal tendency to see the War on Terror as a series of police actions halted the quick nomination process and dwelled over Mukasey’s take on waterboarding.  Despite their Left’s obligatory and transparently pandering position on waterboarding, Mukasey made it through.

I’m generally not for torture, but “advanced interrogation techniques” are a different story.  Loud noise, sensory deprivation, or scaring the be-Jesus out of non-civilian enemy combatants with information we need in a ticking-time-bomb scenario is just fine with me, and I already assumed we did that along with rendition (handing the enemies over to their home country, letting them “question” the enemy while we sit in a different room and are reported to about the results).  Waterboarding does not result in drowning, no skin is intentionally broken, but its psychological effect is profound and quick.  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind, sang like a bird after his waterboarding and we received actionable intelligence on open investigations because of it.  Pretty soon, some will think that sitting in an isolated cell will be torture, and there’s no satisfying their tunnel-vision about questioning during the ticking-time-bomb scenario! 

While I don’t think we should waterboard or use rendition on everyone, or even most people, I do believe it needs to be there.  Sometimes the threat of a certain technique yields results, and that deterrent may help us get info in the future without actually having to waterboard anyone.

AP photo.

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