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Bolton Appointment Feeds GOP Arrogance

Reported by Deborah - August 1, 2005

Bob Beckel and Ed Rogers, Republican Strategist, appeared on FNL at 9:15 AM EDT, right after Bolton's recess appointment was announced. Rogers was clearly angry and just plain nasty during the exchange. Beckel was forced to remind him twice that they were good friends in an effort to change the tone.

Rogers said that Bolton would "kick around the people who needed it" at the U.N. claiming that Democrats can't stand it because they have no message and no voice. "Democrats will make a bunch of noise but in the end it won't matter."

When Beckel brought up the great unmentionable topic, Rogers freaked. Beckel said that when Bolton was asked if he had been questioned about Valerie Plame, he said he did not remember but the State Dept. said that wasn't the case. Beckel asked Rogers to comment but he ignored the question completely launching into another diatribe against Democrats. When Beckel requested an answer, Rogers barked "You don't get to ask the questions on the show!" Beckel's faint chuckle at the transparency of this response could be heard.

comment: I guess the now disputed report that President Bush signaled the press corp with his raised middle finger when asked a question he didn't like pretty much sums up the GOP attitude to anyone who gets in their way. The word now from many of my readers is that it was a thumb raised and not a middle finger. Even so, the tone in Washington has most definitely changed enough to make the middle finger salute a standard response to opposition.

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