Wednesday, September 12, 2007

White House hopefuls grill a man whose toilet they're not fit to scrub

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 — Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware wanted to know if Gen. David H. Petraeus would recommend next March, even if the situation in Iraq did not change, that as many as 160,000 American troops continue to be “shot at, killed and maimed” every day.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York observed that the general’s report on Iraq required “the willing suspension of disbelief.”

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois asked angrily, “At what point do we say, enough?”

Among the 45 senators from two committees who questioned General Petraeus on Tuesday, five — four Democrats and one Republican — are running for president. The candidates jockeyed among themselves, but zeroed in on the reality that, however the next 16 months unfold, many decisions on troop withdrawals and political reconciliation in Iraq are likely to fall to the 44th president.

In their minds, it might be one of them.

“We have been begging that leadership for the last four and a half years to get their act together,” Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut said with exasperation about Iraq’s political class. Then he put it directly to General Petraeus and Ryan C. Crocker, the American ambassador in Baghdad, who sat at the general’s side: “What makes you possibly believe that anything further like this is going to produce the results that everyone else has failed to produce over the previous four and a half years?”

With Iraq the central issue in the 2008 presidential race, the senators seemed well aware that their questions would become part of the daily combat of their political campaigns. The four Democrats were tough and often impatient with General Petraeus, but they nonetheless showed some deference to the man who might still be the top military commander in Iraq on Jan. 20, 2009.

Watching these contemptible cretins mugging for the camera as they bloviated and turned their Q&A time into nothing more than a government financed campaign commercial was enough to make you want to puke.

We need a new constitutional amendment. If you hold elected office at any level anywhere in the United States and you announce your candidacy for the presidency you must resign from that office within 48 hours of that formal declaration. The only exception would be a president running for reelection or a vice president running to take the president's place.

Let's see how many of these worthless sacks of excrement like Joe Biden would waste the nation's time with their detestable vanity runs if they would be forced to give up their nice safe Senate seats. And we could add the Ass-Clown and Smeagol to this as well. Would either of those morons be willing to give up what they have for a hopeless run at the White House?