I love watching a basketball game. Duke University — University of North Carolina. Forget all the stats. Forget the record of who has beaten whom. This was NCAA basketball at its best. Outstanding team defense. Outstanding team offense. University of North Carolina outplayed Duke in the first half. For the first 17 minutes of the second half Duke outplayed UNC. Do can actually crawled back into the game and was leading with less than five minutes to go. Unfortunately, for Duke, they never scored another point. University of North Carolina seem to step up their game. They played outstanding defense. They took smart intelligent shots. More importantly, they rebounded like Charles Barkley. They were tenacious on the boards.
After yesterday’s statement, I wonder what the Prez (President Bush) had to say. Well, don’t hold your breath waiting on the President to show any willingness to work with Congress.
Bush said House and Senate Democrats “need to work out their differences before they come to the White House,” and he threatened to veto any bill laden with “wasteful spending.”
Shortly afterward, House Democratic caucus chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel called Bush’s news conference the “19th press conference where he was pointing fingers at Congress. I think if we did a little more cooperation, a little more compromise, and a lot less confrontation, a lot less complaining, you’ll see a lot more things get done for the American people.”
The Illinois lawmaker congratulated U.S. troops for their service in Iraq, but said what’s missing is a U.S. strategy for allowing Iraq to “stop relying on our troops to do for them what they need to do for themselves.” (more…)
Remember that President Bush is more engaged than ever. To quote Charlie Brown, “Oh brother.” Keith Olbermann has a rundown and several of the important questions and Bush’s answers or non-answers. (see previous post about WWIII)
From Matthew Yglesias: Our President: “So I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.”
Two points. One: This is inane. World War III? Against Iran? Really? Because Iran seems a lot like a medium-sized middle income country with few military capabilities rather than a near peer-competitor of the sort against which you might fight a world war.
Two: Note where Bush has placed the goalposts here. Not preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon. Preventing Iran from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. I’m not sure what the significance of that switch is, but it seems significant.