GOP's Embarrassing Trifecta

Three Republican stalwarts try their best to spin the news.


Two Republican spin doctors and a GOP dirty-trick artist were prominent in the news in recent days. Democrats should celebrate this trifecta.

The Spinner in Chief was our president. He just can't get his story straight on the war in Iraq. With a straight face, he compared leaving Iraq to leaving Vietnam, the last foolish war.

President Bush has been in denial when questioned in the past about comparing the two conflicts. Speaking to a friendly audience at the VFW convention, he was cheered enthusiastically when he changed his story. The VFW is not a membership of doubters when there is a call to arms.

Many others of us see a deepening quagmire in the desert of Iraq akin to our stay in the swamps of Vietnam. Bush told his audience he still sees ultimate victory if we are just patient enough. Patience has about run out.

The other spinner on the war was former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. Jut when you thought Ari was confining himself to speaking fees and a book few will read, he came out swinging.

He and some other Republicans put together a targeted radio ad in districts held by Democrats. The theme was to warn listeners about a "surrender" in Iraq. That word alone was a mockery of the men and women who have given life and limb there.

When he was at the podium in the White House, Fleischer was either lecturing reporters or ignoring their questions. He was not missed by many when he departed.

And from the Nixon era came Roger Stone, who practices the politics of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove. No trick was or is too dirty.

Stone was forced to resign from the employ of New York State Assembly Republicans in Albany after a threatening phone call was made to the 83-year-old father of Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Stone's defense was a hip slapper. He said someone broke into his apartment and made the call from his phone. Even the GOP couldn't go for that tale, and Stone lost a fat retainer.

Thanks to this trio for giving the dog days of late August some news, all of it bad for them.