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  •  Except that... (4.00)
    When congresscritters are away from the job fundraising, they are generally doing so in support of their own re-election.

    Whey Dubya's out campaigning, he's doing it for others, since he can't run again. But the role suits him; not a single word comes out of his mouth that isn't a campaign slogan. That's all he has ever known. He doesn't think, he doesn't research, he doesn't ask questions. He just campaigns. Endlessly. One should expect more from the CEO of a large powerful country.

    He gets up early, but he goes to bed very early. Exercises a couple of hours a day. Claims a big part of his job is the kind of pump-and-grin photo-ops with everybody on the planet with the possible exception of Jack Abramoff. State dinners. Fundraisers. Meet the pioneers. Fly on Marine One over to where Air Force One is parked. Speak through a hole in the bubble to the invited guests giving yet another canned speech rehashing the same tired old crap. Fly back some more. Burn jet fuel derived from oil that apparently "we" are addicted to. Golf. Clear brush. Fish. Pretend to play guitar.

    When the fuck does the party ever stop...when does this preppy masquerading as an adult ever do any real work?

    He has oil. He tried to kill my daddy.

    by kensa on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 02:53:53 PM PST

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    •  yeah, but (none)
      Do you think Clinton never fundraised for democratic senators?  Do you think "safe" democratic senators never fundraise for those in swing states?  

      If you say no, I'll call bullshit.

      You can say that Bush and Co. are incompetent, liars, arrogant and wrong, and I'll agree every step of the way.

      In this case though, us dems calling Bush out on fundraising is the pot calling the kettle black.  If we're going to win over the country, we have to choose our arguments carefully as to avoid being called hypocritical.

      We can win on security, we can win on foreign policy, we can win on corrupt lobbyists, but we cannot gain any advantage from pounding on this issue.

      •  Of course (none)
        Clinton campaigned for other Democrats. It is, as you say, part of the system.

        But Clinton was legendary for being seen with large briefing books, that he would actually read. In meetings, he would ask pointed questions, and if you were in the same room making an argument, you'd damn well better be prepared.

        But Dubya...back to my original question, is there anyone who seriously believes that he actually does any real work? Rehearsing tired old speeches doesn't count.

        He has oil. He tried to kill my daddy.

        by kensa on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 04:38:09 PM PST

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      •  interesting point (none)
        but, in all honesty, if Clinton (as President) went out fundraising with this many troops in such a dire situation, and at such a critical juncture, I think I'd have called him on it too.

        (As to senators, they are lawyers and budget accountants, and the Senate is a deliberative body -- they are not in command of the armed forces, and don't have executive power.  Unless there's an emergency that needs a special budget allocation or emergency legislation of some kind, I don't really have a problem with them -- Democrat or Republican -- doing fund-raising even at a time like this.)

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