Cartel of Defiance

cartel of defiance (noun): 1. In medieval combat, a formal declaration, delivered by herald, of a combatant's intention to fight and refusal to submit. 2. An electronic assemblage of engaged and enraged citizens. 3. An intertextual mode of reading, writing, and thinking that puts the current political, cultural, and personal moment in dialogue with text/art from the past in counterargument to the ahistorical Memory Hole into which America seems to have slipped.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Even as Democrats filtered back to Capitol Hill on Tuesday in anticipation of the opening of the 110th Congress on Thursday, there was a bit of confusion about just when the 100 hours would officially begin. Would it be as soon as the new Congress was sworn in and began voting on internal rules changes? Or when the House takes up its first actual legislation next Tuesday? . . . . [N]ext Monday is out since the House, despite Democratic pledges of a disciplined five-day work schedule, will not be in session. The day off was scheduled to allow freshman lawmakers time to return from an orientation session — and others to attend the college football national championship game. Democrats eventually decided Tuesday that the 100-hour timer would be started next Tuesday, when the House is scheduled to take up H.R. 1, a measure enacting recommendations from the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission that never made it out of the Republican-controlled Congress. -- "Democrats Plan First 100 Hours, Give or Take a Speech", New York Times, Jan 2 2007

President Bush is expected to announce his new Iraq strategy in an address to the nation early next week, several sources in Washington told CNN Tuesday. The president has not yet signed off on any changes, including a possible increase of U.S. troops, according to sources with information about Bush's deliberations on Iraq. However, the sources say he is 'driving toward a conclusion' and a plan is 'taking shape' which is 'getting more detailed' as the president puts 'on the finer points.' -- " Officials: Bush 'driving toward' new Iraq plan", CNN, Jan 2 2007



Blogger awol said...

I have to say this really gets my goat. I've been wondering for weeks how closely the Bush announcement would come to the 100 hours push. This seems just ridiculous. It's not just a slap in the face to the Dems, but to all the citizens who just cast their vote on the 100-hours campaign. Bush simply can't stand losing the spotlight -- first the Rumsfield announcement, now this. It confirms my hypothesis that on Iraq, it's always been two wars with Bush. How crass to inflect this wartime decision into such an obvious partisan context, just in terms of timing alone.

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