Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

-C.S. Lewis

Friday, June 17, 2005

Fight or Flight

Americans are jumping off the Bush bandwagon like it were on fire. So what does Bush do? Slow down? Ask for water? Nope, he steps on the gas. Check out this quote from CBS News (Via Drudge).

President Bush's solution? Not to change tack on Iraq - or drop Social Security like some Republicans want. Instead - he'll sharpen his focus and ramp up his sales pitch in the coming weeks. Telling Americans why it's important to stay the course in Iraq - pressuring Congress to get some of his agenda passed by the August recess.

I, for one, would hope that this most recent bout of stubborness fans the flames a bit (to take this metaphor about as far as it can possibly go), but it’s worth commenting on this guy’s resolve, misguided or no. To me, Bush’s compulsion to prove he’s right is a profound weakness in his ability to lead and a big reason for his being so unpopular. But in terms of his political fight or flight instincts, I think the Democrats would be wise to take a page from his playbook. I’d like to see, every now and again, the Dems be as fearless, if not as bullheaded, as the president.

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