Thursday, December 08, 2005

Rummy Exit Rumored; Lieberman Eyed for Job

Okay, this is the weirdest rumor I've ever heard. Not that Lieberman is incompatible with the Bush Administration, I just don't understand how this would happen.

Rummy Exit Rumored; Lieberman Eyed for Job
By Thomas M. DeFrank and Kenneth R. Bazinet
The New York Daily News

Thursday 08 December 2005

Washington - White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq, sources said yesterday.

Rumsfeld's deputy, Gordon England, is the inside contender to replace him, but there's also speculation that Sen. Joe Lieberman - a Democrat who ran against Bush-Cheney in the 2000 election - might become top guy at the Pentagon.

That's not as farfetched as it might first appear.

The Daily News has learned that the White House considered Lieberman for the UN ambassador's job last year before giving the post to John Bolton, a Bush adviser said.

"He thought about it for a week or so and finally said no," the adviser recalled.

A source close to the White House said Rumsfeld wanted out a year ago, after Bush's reelection, but neither he nor President Bush wanted his departure to appear to have been forced.

"They didn't want to give the critics the satisfaction that their piling on was what got rid of him," a Bush adviser said.

Bush has told friends that Rumsfeld is a political liability, but the President has a history of sticking with his personnel baggage until an opportune moment.

"Only Rumsfeld will make Rumsfeld leave," a White House source said.

Rumors that Lieberman could replace Rumsfeld started flying early this week, and Bush and Vice President Cheney fanned the flames by quoting the former Democratic veep candidate's pro-war statements.

Posted by crimnos @ 1:31 PM

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What the ....?


Posted by Blogger alice_pants @ 1:49 PM #

If Lieberman does it, that would kill any future political hopes he might have. I don't think the Repubs will like Joementum anymore than the Dems do.

But if he's looking to get out anyhow and go into lobbying or thinktankery, this might not be such a bad move.

After all, the Bush clan would owe him big.


Posted by Blogger mikevotes @ 6:08 PM #

Lieberman is a Democrat in name only and is Bush's bitch regarding this war. I have never liked the guy.

Posted by Blogger james @ 2:48 PM #
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