The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, November 14, 2005  

The President Speaks

Here are the lead paragraph from a Reuters story moved about an hour ago, headlined “Bush Quotes Democrats to Counter Iraq War Critics”:

President George W. Bush on Monday sought to counter Democratic critics of the Iraq war by turning their own past words of warning about Saddam Hussein against them.

“Reasonable people can disagree about the conduct of the war -- but it is irresponsible for Democrats to now claim that we misled them and the American people,” Bush said in a campaign-style speech accusing Democrats of playing politics with the issue and trying to rewrite the past.

Haven’t we heard this before? Like, three days ago? And wasn’t the same speech broadly considered a misguided failure at the time?

Try, try again, as they say.

Why can’t I get the words “Nixonian” and “Agnewian” out of my head?

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