Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Loggerheads

So what do all of you think of this exchange between Bush and James Webb, newly elected Senator from Virginia, at a meet and greet, reported on by the Hill:
At a private reception held at the White House with newly elected lawmakers shortly after the election, Bush asked Webb how his son, a Marine lance corporal serving in Iraq, was doing.

Webb responded that he really wanted to see his son brought back home, said a person who heard about the exchange from Webb.

“I didn’t ask you that, I asked how he’s doing,” Bush retorted, according to the source.

Webb confessed that he was so angered by this that he was tempted to slug the commander-in-chief, reported the source, but of course didn’t. It’s safe to say, however, that Bush and Webb won’t be taking any overseas trips together anytime soon.
Would Senatorial etiquette lessons be out of place for this titan? Or skip that and head straight for anger management intervention?

And why is he confessing, before he even begins his job, that he was tempted to slug the commander-in-chief? Is he feeling unloved by the Koz Kidz today and wanting a pick me up by displaying the kind of behavior they would love.

On the other hand, Chuck Schumer's defense of Webb is an instant classic:
"He's not a typical politician. He really has deep convictions," said Schumer, who headed the Senate Democrats' campaign arm.

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