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IMO, here's the real reason for Rumsfeld's resignation announcement today

By Andrew Pollack on 11/08/2006 at 05:38 PM EST

What I don't hear much comment on is something I've seen this administration do over and over and over. They've succeeded in changing the conversation from their huge loss yesterday. They haven't been completely successful, but they have drastically reduced the volume of that loss and replaced it with something they have the control and focus on.

It's a brilliant move, really. It steps on the press the Democrats are getting really really hard. If he was going anyway, what a great way to handle it for the administration. It's classic Bush strategy and it works. Damn them.

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Really?By Amy B on 11/08/2006 at 06:53 PM EST
You really think that he was going anyway? Bush sticks with "his guys". Just
last week he said that Rummy wasn't going anywhere. I don't buy it. I do think
he was sacrificed to the election gods though. It's a start. Now let's see if
the Dems step up and are smart with their new power. Fingers crossed.
Yes. I think the decision was madeBy Andrew Pollack on 11/08/2006 at 09:30 PM EST
...when the armed forces newspaper came out with a very public no confidence
statement calling for his resignation.
re: Yes. I think the decision was madeBy Richard Schwartz on 11/09/2006 at 12:54 AM EST
Agreed. Possibly even before that.

I see this as the beginning of a strategy to preserve his legacy no matter
what. If things get better in Iraq, Bush pretends to looks good for (finally)
doing the right thing. If things get worse, Bush blames it on the Democrats by
saying "See... I wanted to keep Rummy, but you forced him out, and now look how
bad it has gotten."
Clearly they were ready for thisBy Bruce Perry on 11/09/2006 at 10:33 AM EST
or they wouldn't have dumped him next day, but I don't think they would have
dumped him if the Democrats hadn't won big.

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