THE PLANK FEBRUARY 7, 2007
There's a theory that John Warner is just the beginning: That tons of not-yet-defected Republicans are thoroughly fed up with Bush and are giving him -- by filibustering the anti-surge vote in the Senate -- a last push on the swing before they just walk away.
I doubted that (party loyalty is party loyalty, especially if you're in the minority), but I might have changed my mind at the presser I just went to on the border agents who shot a drug-runner in the ass and got put in the slammer, where one was beaten up by fellow inmates. Witness some right-wing congressmen start to channel Amanda Marcotte (they want Bush to pardon the agents):
REP. TOM TANCREDO: The president of the United States talks a lot about Christian beliefs ... he now is showing a mean-spirited side of himself. REP. WALTER JONES (angrily, hopping around): The indifference by this White House is unacceptable. If the president is concerned about dropping off the poll charts, 30, 29, whatever (giggles among the press crowd), he'll do what's right by these people. ... The President has lost my respect. REP. DANA ROHRABACHER (after presidential hopeful Duncan Hunter says he still likes the president): My good friend Duncan Hunter has a wonderful heart; he thinks others around here have wonderful hearts. ... But I question this president's obstinence. This president still remains intransigent. Talk about hard-hearted! I'm sorry, Duncan ... I tell you, Mr. President, if [the border agents] are murdered in prison, there's gonna be some impeachment talk on Capitol Hill!