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    Just to set the stage, Tony Blankley is a long-time Washington insider who knows the way that town works.

    He is the former chief of staff for Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, so this man knows the bureaucracy like the back of his hand.

    He has a word of caution for President Bush and his cabinet, and they would be wise to heed his advice.

    [b]"WATCH YOUR BACK"[/b]


    [url=http://www.townhall.com/columnists/tonyblankley/tb20041117.shtml]http://www.townhall.com/columnists/tonybla...b20041117.shtml[/url]

    [b]BLOOD ON THE POTOMAC

    By Tony Blankley[/b]

    If you think the fighting has been rough in Fallujah, wait until you see Washington in the springtime.

    President Bush's early personnel decisions for the second term suggest that he is preparing, unilaterally, to take on not only our foreign enemies, but also the Democrats and Washington's most cunning and vicious bureaucracies -- all at the same time.

    This is heroism in its classic form. Hector, Lysander -- move over. (Note to the president: Come heavily armed. Both Hector and Lysander died in battle, Hector's corpse being dragged by Achilles behind his chariot before the walls of Troy.)

    Much to the disappointment (and apparent surprise) of the Democrats and their mainstream media affiliates, Bush made the odd decision after the election not to sell out his voters by preemptively compromising his policy positions with the losing Democratic Party.

    The Washington elite is utterly perplexed by the idea of not selling out your local supporters as soon as you deplane at Reagan National Airport. Poor Bush has so much to learn about governing and leadership.

    But even more shocking to Washington veterans is his insistence on nominating for his cabinet men and women who actually share his vision and want to help him carry out his agenda.

    If Bush had only chosen cabinet secretaries who would quietly undercut his policies and directives, Washington insiders would have gladly let the president continue to call for whatever he wants -- and compliment him as a true leader who is uniting the nation (around the losing liberal agenda). But picking people who agree with him is where Washington draws the line.

    With the nominations of Condoleezza Rice at State, Porter Goss at CIA, Donald Rumsfeld (or an equally tough replacement) at Defense and Stephen Hadley at the National Security Council, the president has created an all-Patton foreign and defense team. Moreover, he has a team that understands that among the necessary targets of their firepower must be not only our foreign enemies, but also the slouching, sly, insubordinate bureaucrats under their chain of command.

    While we know less about the president's domestic staffing, the appointment of loyalist Alberto Gonzales at Justice suggests that he, too, will be in hand-to-hand combat with the fourth of Washington's Bureaucratic Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Justice, State, CIA and Defense.

    [b]On the day after the Gonzales nomination, an old Justice Department hand told me that they were going to [color=red]"eat Gonzales alive"[/color]

    I know these people. They mean it.[/b]

    He better go over there with a battle-hardened Washington team. The only thing those senior 'crats respect is the cold-hearted exercise of brutal power by their political master.

    The battle at Justice will be similar to our battles in the Middle East. Any gestures of goodwill or cooperation by Gonzales will be seen as weakness and will have the same effect on the bureaucrats that blood has on the nostrils of a shark.

    These four bureaucracies are manned by the most heartless Beltway warriors and led by veteran, tribal warlords. Each of these bureaucracies has many trophies of prior Washington wars: either the scalp or the testicles of their nominal political masters. (Donald Rumsfeld, God bless him, remains intact.)

    Every entering secretary has a binary choice to make. Either turn over your manhood (or the female equivalent if the secretary is a woman) to the bureaucracy, in which case they will make you look good in Washington (so long as no one gets a peak at the vacancy in your nether parts); or prepare to be undercut by your own employees -- from the janitor to the senior civil servant in your building.

    Very much expect the dispatcher in the driving pool to leak to the Washington Post if you ever have your driver drop your wife at a non-business luncheon. Expect your private memorandum to your chief of staff to be leaked by a civil servant secretary to the media.

    Trust no one other than those you bring with you (and keep checking to see if any of them show signs of going native).

    You can be certain that clever bureaucrats will subvert important studies you order to support the president's policies and report out conclusions remarkably consistent with the worldview of Ted Kennedy.

    When you go up to testify on the Hill, your employees will have briefed their friends on the committee with the most embarrassing things to ask you.

    This is the trifecta that President Bush has chosen to compete in: Fight our foreign enemies, stand by the convictions he expressed in the election and appoint smart people who are loyal to him in the agencies.

    This means war to the political death all winter, spring and summer in Washington.

    If George W. Bush gets his nominees through and is still standing tall in August, we may be in for a historic presidency.

    But every yard gained on Pennsylvania Avenue will have been taken under heavy fire -- from all five columns.

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    Tony Blankly is a tool who works for a two-bit newspaper that even most conservatives in the DC maket choose the Washington Post over it. He reguraly makes a fool out of himself on the McLaughlin Group.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Section109Row15[/i]@Nov 17 2004, 08:05 PM
    [b] Tony Blankly is a tool who works for a two-bit newspaper that even most conservatives in the DC maket choose the Washington Post over it. He reguraly makes a fool out of himself on the McLaughlin Group. [/b][/quote]
    Sec, this column was for the politically astute ... apparently is went over your head

    Blankley, love him or hate him, has been in the inner sanctum of the Washington establishment and his advice is EDUCATED ADVICE

    I hate Ted Kennedy, but he too knows the way that town works

    You need to get past your feelings about Blankley and consider from wence he comes ... then take the column as a word of caution about the way the Washington buearucracy operates, from a man WHO KNOWS first hand

    If you can do that, you will begin to digest what this column is warning

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    Just to add some further perspective .....

    Pat Buchanan is a fierce political warrior who was born and raised in DC

    His political stripes go all the way back to the Nixon administration where he made his bones in politics

    He also served in the Reagan administration

    AGAIN ... FORGET THE PERSONALITY ... I am pointing out that this is a man who knows the way DC works like the back of his hand

    Having said that, even his critics will concede Pat Buchanan is about as fearless as they come ... on the surface he would appear to be a man who fears nothing and never shrinks from speaking his mind ... and this is a man who stood by Nixon's side to the bitter end, long after it was wise to do so, as folks in that administration were being indicted at an alarming rate

    This man has seen DC at it's most brutal ... had a front row seat ... yet so savvy was Pat Buchanan to the ways of Washington that he managed to side-step every landmine along the way, where lesser men have been eaten alive by that town

    But I repeat ... this is a man who would seem to be as fearless as they come

    AND YET, for days he has been offering the same warning to GWB and his new cabinet on MSNBC ... Blankley is merely echoing what Buchanan has been warning for days ... and as fearless as Buchanan would appear, he has pretty much said HE WOULD NOT have advised firing a shot across the bow of the Washington buearucracy cause those cats know how to fight, AND THEY FIGHT TO KILL

    Buchanan has said many times over the past few days that when you challenge the DC bureaucracy, you put a bullseye on your chest and these cats SHOOT TO KILL

    They are not interested in beating you or outlasing you ... they are only interested in DESTROYING YOU

    When Pat Buchanan sounds scared {something I have never heard from this man through 30 years of observing him}, you know there is something to be afraid of :unsure:

    And it should be noted, unlike Blankley, Buchanan IS NOT a supporter of GWB

    He doesn't like the neo-cons ... even wrote a book expressing his disdain for the neo-cons ... and he considers GWB a neo-con

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Section109Row15[/i]@Nov 17 2004, 08:05 PM
    [b] Tony Blankly is a tool who works for a two-bit newspaper that even most conservatives in the DC maket choose the Washington Post over it. He reguraly makes a fool out of himself on the McLaughlin Group. [/b][/quote]
    but no one on that show is as bad as Eleanor Clift....NO ONE!

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    Yes I saw Buchanon on MSNBC yesturday. He said the President was stupid for surrounding himself with yes-men. I actually like Buchanon, except for his strong religious beliefs. He is a real Republican who despises the Neo-Cons who you cant seem to distinguish. The Libretarians are the true Republican party.

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    i love how they said Donald Rumseld or some equally tough replacement

    that's like me saying the JETS will be fine with Brent Smith at LG or some equally tough replacement

    Goss is a good nominee - Gonsoles is a very qualified nominee for that position - like him more as atty gen. than as a fed court justice - Dr. Rice will be a disaster as Sec of State and they don't really know what they are gonna do with the SecDef position so how can they tout it as a success?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Come Back to NY+Nov 17 2004, 10:50 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (Come Back to NY @ Nov 17 2004, 10:50 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Section109Row15[/i]@Nov 17 2004, 08:05 PM
    [b] Tony Blankly is a tool who works for a two-bit newspaper that even most conservatives in the DC maket choose the Washington Post over it. He reguraly makes a fool out of himself on the McLaughlin Group. [/b][/quote]
    but no one on that show is as bad as Eleanor Clift....NO ONE&#33; [/b][/quote]
    Now THERE&#39;S someone who loves to hear herself talk and NEVER thinks through what she says. I all out laugh when I hear her.

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