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'Staying The Course' No Longer The Message?

Reported by Deborah - November 26, 2005

The Beltway Boys were delivering a brand new message about Iraq tonight. After all those months of praising Bush for his resolve and all those video clips of Bush telling us that he was "stayin the course", the Boys are now expected to suddenly change message before the spin has even been adequately designed. This was a lot to expect from the rhetorically challenged duo but they did their best. 11/26/05

The show opened with a clip of Peter Pace giving an official statement from the military. He said that after 6 months only the troops that were still needed would stay in Iraq. Pace claimed that the Iraqi people will have a lot to say in 6 months after their coming election.

Mort Kondracke seemed a bit concerned that the Administration was being influenced by the recent polls and concerns about the '06' elections. Then he said it was good news that they were not influenced by John Murtha's call for immediate withdrawl. Of course, Kondracke was repeating the distortion that has become truth on FOX. Murtha called for withdrawl in 6 months not immediately.

Fred Barnes had a hard time letting go of the old message. Sounding perplexed he mentioned that Cheney had said that announcing withdrawl sent the wrong message. Then he wondered why they were taking so long to respond to all the allegations about false intelligence. A clip of Condi saying that maybe they should have responded as if she had never thought of it, did not clear things up.

Kondracke announced that Bush planned to give a speech on Wednesday and was going to be clearer about his intentions. That annoyed Poor Barnes who softly barked, "I thought he was always clear."

Then Kondracke as if seeking the old and familiar suddenly attacked Nancy Pelosi. "Is Nancy Pelosi oblivious? Democratic leaders are suffering from idealogical blindness. They're invested in defeat." Now things felt familiar again for the Boys who don't seem to do well with change.

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