Posted by: drew | March 17, 2006

Battered-Congress Syndrome

WaPo via MSNBC reports that more and more former “company men” of the GOP have finally grown the backbone to admit that life with Bush isn’t so rosey after all.

President Bush’s troubles with congressional Republicans, which erupted during the backlash to the Dubai seaport deal, are rooted in policy frustrations and personal resentments that GOP lawmakers say stretch back to the opening days of the administration.

Hey, here’s a thought: How about the leaders of this country start acting on principle rather than toeing the party line and bowing to those holding their party purse-strings?


I’m looking at you McCain.

The White House at times has been “non-responsive and arrogant,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.). “There are a thousand small cuts,” he added, that are ignored when things are going well but “rear their heads when things are not going well.”

“Members felt they were willing to take a lot of tough votes and did not get much in return,” said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), an early critic of the port deal.

Death by a thousand cuts. Yeah, sounds about right. Here’s the real gem though:

Congressional scholar Norman J. Ornstein has written that the recently vented anger, after being suppressed for years out of loyalty or fear, might be seen in psychological terms. He called the condition “battered-Congress syndrome.”

Oh, OK, that last image isn’t exactly fair since Graham has been one of the more outspoken Republicans against Bush’s policies lately. However, like everyone else, including the Dems, no one was dissenting in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

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  1. LOL, love the pics.


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