Skip to comments.Loyal to the End (Andy Card)
Posted on 03/28/2006 4:16:54 PM PST by RWR8189
Now the question is whether Card wanted to quit his job or whether he needed to. The White House announced Cards resignation on Tuesday and his replacement, budget director Joshua Bolten.
Card first offered his resignation three weeks ago, according to the White House. That was just after the first polls showed just how much the White House was bleeding support after the Dubai ports story. A CBS poll gave Bush a job approval rating of only 34 percent and a personal favorability rating of 29 percent. (NEWSWEEKs poll later showed the president with a 36-percent approval rating.) Bush won some respite from the ports storm when he traveled to Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. But within days of his return, he suffered another defeat in the House on the ports deal. One day later, the finely crafted compromise between the White House and the United Arab Emirates collapsed and the Dubai company agreed to sell its new U.S. operations. That was the day Card offered to quit.
Its unfair to lay the blame for the ports debacle solely at Cards door. But its also important to understand the context of his offer to quit and Bushs mulling over whether to accept. Card was more than the man who controlled access to the Oval Office. He was one of the two chief lobbyists for the White House on Capitol Hill--the other being Vice President Dick Cheney. And nothing encapsulated Bushs loss of control in Congress like the ports takeover.
Cheney and Card were originally brought into Bushs inner circle in 2000 to fill the biggest gap in Austin: insider knowledge of Washington. Si
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Very good post!
Lyndon Johnson, 35%
Richard Nixon, 24%
Gerald Ford, 37%
Jimmy Carter, 28%
Ronald Reagan, 35%
George H. Bush, 29%
Bill Clinton, 37%.
Frankly, I wouldn't believe a word Newsweek printed. It is not exactly welcomed in the White House.
Newsweek is a solid BS magazine that prints the fantasies of its hard-core liberal staff.
"Now the question is whether Card wanted to quit his job or whether he needed to."
The question is whether we will ever get an article in Newsweek favorable to the White House.