Honest to goodness, the man just does not get it. He might be forced to pull a Palin and resign before his first term is over. He could go off and write his memoirs and build his presidential library. (Both would be half-size, of course.)
Meanwhile, Iraq was slammed with violence today. And actually got on the news as a result. Everyone seemed to be noting the Baghdad bombing but it was only when I read C.I.'s snapshot (attached at the end) that I learned 8 judges were targeted with bombings and two of them were killed in them. 8 in one day. That's appalling. And the White House wants to pretend everything's hunky dorey in Iraq. Michael Jansen (Irish Times) has an analysis of the political stalemate that's been going on since the March elections which have prevented Iraq from having a new prime minister:
Allawi has been unable to form a coalition because sectarian Shias and separatist Kurds who have ruled Iraq since the 2003 US occupation refuse to go into partnership with him.
Maliki has failed because two Shia religious parties that are ready to partner his State of Law bloc insist he must be dropped as prime minister.
While he continues to govern in a caretaker capacity Maliki cannot take any serious initiatives to curb rising violence. Parliament, which has convened briefly twice since June 14th, has been unable to elect a speaker and president since the choice of candidates for these posts depends on who will be premier.
Okay, going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"