Bush Declines His Standing With Failure To Meet With Cindy Sheehan
During his five week working vacation in Crawford, Texas, President Bush is doing significant damage to his standing with the public on the Iraq War or any possible public support that may be required to stand up to Iran's nuclear threat, by failure to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the mother who lost a boy in Iraq.
The message of Cindy Sheehan may be wrong. Even Joeseph Biden admitted that Iraq will become a haven for terrorists and insurgents if America should leave Iraq right now, unless America leaves a stable Iraqi army and government before they leave. However despite this wrong message, Bush should meet with Cindy Sheehan and offer his compassion and prevent more political slippage on Iraq and the Administration's standing with the public.
But instead of handling this situation with some sense of good politics, the Bush White House is squandering away more support and more credibility to the public. The flag waving of some counter protestor's fail to get the message that Bush should have met days ago with Cindy Sheehan even if part of her message is wrong. Karl Rove is probably the man who has the say what Bush does next in major events, if not everyday events. How Rove can allow this situation with Sheehan to cause so much bad-will is a sign of a declining lame duck administration that has lost touch with political realities and the power of the television screen to make or break public support. The Republicans won narrow across the board victories based on national security concerns of the public in the 2004 election. It is Iraq and things like failing to meet with a mother who lost her son in the war that are undoing the uneasy grip on power Republicans now hold. You'd expect the party strategists like Rove to be smarter than this.