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Countdown's Bushed!: Be Careful What You Ask For Edition

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Still haven't reached the bottom of the barrel of Bush adminstration scandals. They keep coming and coming and coming.

First up on Tuesday's Bushed segment was the news that conduct waivers (the waivers the military issues to allow enlistees to serve despite blemishes that would otherwise disqualify them from service) have doubled since 2004, to a high of 13% so far this year.

Then there is the strange disconnect between the conventional wisdom that the military supports conservative candidates and the interviews that ABC's Martha Raddatz had after Dick Cheney spoke to the troops last month, insisting that we would keep a presence in Iraq until al Qaeda is defeated there. Of the 11 troop members Raddatz spoke with, only one was supporting John McCain. Two self-identified conservatives said they would vote for the person who got them out of Iraq. Uh oh, McSame. That doesn't bode well for you, does it?

And finally, more Republican hypocrisy on the Orwellian "Protect America Act." When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered up by Unanimous Consent a 30 day extension of the revisions to FISA and the PAA so that the Senate could continue to negotiate in good faith. But Senate Minority Leader Mike McConnell objected to the extension, thereby blocking it.

Turned down an act that the President pretends is vital for our safety. Why? Because Republican Leader McConnell said it did not include the total immunity for the telecom companies which helped the administration break the law by spying domestically. “It’s time for us to get serious,” said Sen. McConnell, “and protect the companies and protect us.” Certainly, you misspoke, Senator. Protect America, protect the people. Nah, the Republican Leader in the Senate actually placed his priority (as) protecting the companies. You wouldn’t want to put just a little daylight, would you, Senator, between your party and that concept of fascism?

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