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"Is Bush Tone Deaf Or Brain Dead?"
The pundit posse usually in GWB's camp is none-too-thrilled with the ports deal, writes syndicates columnist David Astor in Editor & Publisher:

Michelle Malkin of Creators Syndicate called the port decision "boneheaded," and added: "I stand with critics on both sides of the aisle who want to stop the secretive deal transferring operations of our ports to the UAE -- a Middle Eastern government with a spotty record of fighting terrorist plots and terrorist financing. ... From every angle -- political, safety, and sovereignty-wise -- Dubai Ports World's business transaction ... looks bad and smells worse."

Malkin did strongly criticize Democrats who opposed "nationality profiling" in the past for supporting it in this instance.

Another Creators columnist, Joseph Farah, wrote: "I don't know what's crazier and more politically inept -- the original decision to contract the management of six major U.S. ports ... or the White House's continued defense of the idea in the face of overwhelming criticism. You tell me: Is Bush tone deaf or brain dead?"

He added: "It's insanity. It's political correctness gone mad. Only a suicidal nation, or one that has lost touch with reality, would take such an irresponsible step. ... Even those who would, under other circumstances, say it is 'ethnic profiling' to disallow an Arab company from guarding and administering our ports are ready to ride the wave of popular opinion on this one. And this American of Arabic ancestry is joining them."

Posted by aalkon at February 23, 2006 6:04 AM

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It appears that George and Dick's excellent journey is spiralling way out of control...

Posted by: Mad Hungarian at February 23, 2006 6:43 AM

I read an interesting comment on another blog, which suggested that this was a clever Rovian plot to give house and senate republicans up for re-election a way to show that they can think for themselves and stand up to Bush on the 'tough issues.' They can go back to their homes and tell the voters that they are not GWB's lap dogs.

What do y'all think about that one?

Posted by: CMaire at February 23, 2006 8:39 AM

Cmaire: If it was one guy, he could be fired or indicted or something. The problem is not that White House Republicans are so clever and perceptive, the problem is that their adversaries are so fucked up and aloof.

Posted by: Crid at February 23, 2006 8:50 PM

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