Friday, March 12, 2004

Burnt bridges 

Does your jaw still drop open in shock when you hear about the latest Bush story? Mine did this time.

It looks like Bush & CO have even managed to piss off the Speaker of the House, who has been in their pocket since Day One. Via atrios:

Q You met with the administration yesterday [concerning the highway bill working through Congress]. Did they say they would support the target number?

Speaker Hastert. We need to go forward, we need to go to conference with the Senate, and then if they want to be involved in that conference, they certainly will be able to be involved in it.

Q But did they say they would sign?

Speaker Hastert. They didn't make a commitment.

Q Did they say they would veto it?

Speaker Hastert. They didn't say they would veto it.

Q Is that with the President or with the people?

Speaker Hastert. That is with the President. I don't deal with his people anymore.

Q Mr. Speaker, do you anticipate the assault weapons ban renewal? It expires in September.

Speaker Hastert. The Senate was going to go through the bill first. It kind of fell away over in the Senate. I am not sure what is going to happen.

Q Sir, what did you mean by that last comment: That was with the President; I don't deal with his people anymore?

Speaker Hastert. Well, we weren't getting straight numbers from his people, and they changed their mind in the middle of the process. So we are going to do what we feel we need to do.

Q Just on this issue or on --

Speaker Hastert. On this issue.

Q Or in general?

Speaker Hastert. On this issue.

Q Sir --

Q What kind of numbers were you getting from them?

Speaker Hastert. Different numbers.

Q Different from?

Speaker Hastert. Where they added up.

Kind of like...how those Medicare numbers didn't add up? Different numbers, like that?


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