Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Portentous Similarities?

These sentiments --
"Things don't happen instantly in Washington, D.C.," [Bush] insisted. Asked if he was concerned he was losing momentum, Bush said: "I don't worry about anything here in Washington, D.C. I mean, I feel comfortable in my role as the president, and my role as the president is to push for reform."
-- seem a little too close to these:
When the new Congress convened, [Newt] Gingrich was elected Speaker of the House. He went on to preside over House passage of all but one of the proposals, celebrating the triumph in a prime-time address. Clinton was reduced to insisting that he had not become politically superfluous, because "the Constitution makes me relevant."
Bush needn't worry too much, because Clinton actually proved himself right. At his then most-vulnerable, Clinton bounced back rather handily.

Still, it's not exactly comforting when you make a defiant stand in front of the press -- only to be totally blown away hours later in the media by the Ghost of Richard Nixon.

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