“Charlie Crist has shown time and again that he cannot be trusted in Washington to take on the Obama agenda because on issue after issue he actually supports that agenda. Lately it seems Charlie Crist cannot be trusted even to remain a Republican. I strongly urge him to either stay in the Republican Primary or drop out of the race. The only winners from an independent bid by Crist would be Barack Obama and Harry Reid.
Keep America Safe chair Liz Cheney was greeted at CPAC with an enthusiastic ovation before delivering a speech on national security today. She argued that Obama, wed to a campaign promise to close Gitmo, has been forced to move terrorists to American soil. She related an anecdote involving her nine year old daughter Grace: “Mom, is President Obama really trying to bring terrorists into the United States?” Yes, Cheney had to tell her daughter. (Cheney's children are apparently very perceptive. In 2004, her daughter was able to determine that Howard Dean is a “creep,” Cheney said, eliciting the laughter of the audience.)
"When I left office, there was a substantial amount of biological and chemical material unaccounted for. That is, at the end of the first Gulf War, we knew what he had. We knew what was destroyed in all the inspection processes and that was a lot. And then we bombed with the British for four days in 1998. We might have gotten it all; we might have gotten half of it; we might have gotten none of it. But we didn't know. So I thought it was prudent for the president to go to the U.N. and for the U.N.
WHATEVER ELSE may be said about the base of the Democratic party, it most definitely is upset with President Bush.
Democratic pollster Geoff Garin says that in his 25 years of polling he never has seen Democrats so angry with a Republican president. Veteran columnist Robert Novak writes that he hasn't seen such "pure hatred" on the part of Democrats toward a Republican president in his 44 years of campaign watching.
The Democratic activists who dominate the party's presidential primaries will pick the nominee.
I WISH MICHAEL KELLY were alive to see this day. He would have known how to savor it. I wish Ronald Reagan could be aware of the scenes being played out in Baghdad. He would know that the liberationist sentiment he rekindled in the American heart didn't die out with the liberation of eastern and central Europe.
With his optimism, Reagan revived the progressive spirit that courses through our founding Declaration, that all human beings are created equal and all are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY'S staunch, detailed, and defiant defense of the president's tax plan at the Chamber of Commerce last week was not an exercise in abstract "team dynamics." It was personal. Cheney and his staff had worked aggressively to beef up tax cuts and decimate federal aid to the states. Cheney didn't turn a reluctant president around. Senior administration officials say the president leaned in those directions all along.
DEMOCRATS GOT SMART about the Trent Lott controversy too late. A few days before Lott stepped down as majority leader, prominent Democratic politicians and pundits--Rep. John Lewis, Jesse Jackson, James Carville, Lanny Davis--began saying that Lott should remain.
SOMETIMES the Washington press corps reports a story, but entirely misses its significance. This was the case with last week's naming of Elliott Abrams to the position of senior director for Near East and North African affairs on the National Security Council staff at the White House. The job makes Abrams a major player in setting policy on Israel and the Palestinians.
Bush at War
by Bob Woodward
Simon & Schuster, 349 pp., $28
The War on Terrorism from Inside the Bush White House
by Bill Sammon
Regnery, 400 pp., $27.95
LET'S GET RIGHT to the scoreboard. The winners in Bob Woodward's account of President Bush's response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA director George Tenet, and, to a lesser extent, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and her deputy, Stephen Hadley. And Bush himself, who Woodward believes figured out quickly how to be an effective commander in chief.