Saturday, July 14, 2007
In a front page story today about Bush’s efforts to stop Republican defectors from his war policy, New York Times reporters Jeff Zeleny and Sheryl Gay Stolberg included this enticing little sentence:
Senator Olympia J. Snowe, a Maine Republican, said she received a call on Tuesday morning from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, urging her to wait until September to denounce the Bush policy.
Denunciations are so much better in the fall, I guess. In addition to being quite revelatory about how Washington works under the Bush Mob, it also brought to my under-caffeinated mind a song from long ago, a syrupy, teen love-angst song by The Tempos (1959), See You In September. It’s about two young lovers parting for the summer as they go their separate ways on vacation:
Here we are saying goodbye at the station; Summer vacation is taking you away. Have a good time, but remember There is danger in the summer moon above Will I see you in September Or lose you to a summer love?
That was going to be my brief, light-hearted post for the morning, but then this just came in on the wire services:
Snowe Embraces Troop Withdrawal Bill By Anne Flaherty The Associated Press Wednesday 11 July 2007
Sen. Olympia Snowe on Wednesday became the second Republican to embrace a bill ordering troops out of Iraq as President Bush’s national security adviser tried to stop defections from the White House war policy.
Snowe, R-Maine, joined Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., in co-sponsoring a bill that would require troops to start leaving in 120 days. The bill also would end combat by April 30, 2008. [Full story]
Poor George and Condi. Denounced during summer break.
I’ll be alone each and every night While you’re away, don’t forget to write Bye-bye, so long, farewell, bye-bye, so long -
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