Byron York wrote in The Hill Ask yourself this question: What actions, or series of actions, could President Bush and GOP leaders in Congress have taken in the war on terror that would cause Democratic leaders to say, seven weeks before mid-term elections, “We are all united in a common effort to defeat the enemy. President Bush and Republicans in the House and Senate have brought us together like never before. We see no need to change leadership.”
They did not even say that right after 9/11. They supported the President's retaliation and security requests, because they knew that if they opposed them, the country would turn against them for so long that they would never have a chance of getting into power in the next 100 years.Can you argue, with a straight face, that there is there any set of circumstances imaginable today, five years after September 11, that would lead to such a statement? I didn’t think so.
There is nothing Bush could do, regarding not just the war on terror that would cause the Dems to say that. If he shot Cheney on National TV, absolutely guaranteeing his impeachment, and Cheney not able to take over, they still would not be happy, because Hastert would become President. They might try to drag the impeachment out until after the election hoping to have a Dem Speaker sneak in, but that would be the only possible thing. Read More
Blue Crab blotted Byron York points out, quite correctly, that there is literally nothing whatsoever that the President could have done that would not bring criticism from Democrats in an election year. Nature of the beast and all that