The Democrats are coming out swinging with their new "Credibility Gap" campaign, which Sen. Daschle unveiled a couple of days before the State of the Union. This time around, it's got some legs, not only on blogs, but also in the mainstream media. Here are some links:
Threats, Promises and Lies
by Paul Krugman
Democrats Challenge Bush's Credibility
in the Washington Post
Caught on Film: The Bush Credibility Gap
The House Appropriations Committee
MyDD: "Liar, Liar"-- Yes, That's Right
The Left Coaster: Bush and His Credibility Problem and Bush Lies-Chapter 2
Like The Boy Who Cried Wolf
, at some point Bush will be telling the truth and try to warn us about some real danger. Maybe that time is now, and Iraq is an imminent threat to The United States. But I don't believe President Bush will tell me the truth--I believe he will distort the truth for personal gain. It doesn't matter if I believe the logic of his argument, because I believe he is distorting the premise, and his lack of credibility automatically extends to the entire administration.
I have no choice but to wait for some independent evidence. Since the Senate is probably getting their information from CNN, where can we possibly look to for facts? I'm interested in what Blair says. He's putting his neck on the line for this war, and presumably has access to real intelligence, notwithstanding the dossier debacle
. Blair's in a lot of trouble right now, so unless he's got some real intelligence, we should see him pull back a little--I'll be watching what he says and does over the next few weeks.