by Jeff Fecke • 9/24/08 • You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d say the Bush administration might be attempting to mislead the country in order to ram something through Congress. Not that they’d ever do something like that, of course! Still, this does make a guy wonder:
[Deputy White House Press Secretary Tony] Fratto insisted that the plan was not slapped together and had been drawn up as a contingency over previous months and weeks by administration officials. He acknowledged lawmakers were getting only days to peruse it, but he said this should be enough.
So…um…this, uh, emergency plan that was pulled together because of this emergency that nobody could have predicted would happen was in the pipeline for months.
Huh. It’s almost as if the Bush administration is using the façade of an emergency to force through a plan that they’ve been prepping for a long time, hoping that by cranking up the perceived threat level to neon pink, they can force Democrats in Congress to take a politically risky stand right before an election, to benefit the GOP. When have I seen this before? When indeed?
It’s a trap. No deal without the GOP equally on the hook. These are their buddies. Let them take the risk.