The administration realizes that the only way they’ll get anything accomplished, be it domestically, or in the middle east, is to go to extremes and then meet in the middle. (See the cutting off funds to Palestinians v. Hamas not recognizing Israel debate).
The administration plays this game so well, with EVERYONE buying into pump-fakes by Frist, et al, that headlines are even floating with echoes of Bush’s threat to veto a vote against the port deal.
Ha! I mean the likelihood of this President vetoing ANYTHING is even more remote than the odds on my favorite baseball team winning the world series.
Bush and Congress are hardly in cahoots. I’m not buying it for a second — seeing his cronies snuggling up with Dems is his dream come true. The potential difficulties with corporate ownership of ports of entry, on the other hand, is an entirely different (and actually pertinent) issue.
UPDATE: Eben Kaplan at the Council on Foreign Relations breaks down the ports (non)issue. AP: Bush Unaware of Port Deal Until After Approval — is it really any surprise that most if not all Bush administration decision go down without our presidoesn’ts knowledge???