It's Friday evening.
Against Rumsfield: GOP Senators John McCain, Chuck Hagel, Susie Collins, Trent Lott, and Norm Coleman. To one extent of the other.
For Rumsfeld: President George W. Bush.
Also for Rumsfeld: Bill Frist and his whip, Mitch McConnell, so we hear from the AP:
"I am confident that Secretary Rumsfeld is fully capable of leading the Department of Defense and our military forces to victory in Iraq and the war on terror," Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said in a written statement. "Most importantly he has the confidence of his commanders in the field and our commander in chief."But to hijack a few terms from John O'Sullivan in the latest National Review, the Prez no longer has Colin Powell to play the super-ego to Rummy's portrayal of the President's id. (In the idiom.)
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the GOP whip, said Rumsfeld "is an excellent secretary of defense and we are fortunate to have a man of his courage and vision serving the president at this critical time."
Did you hear the theory that the pot shots at Rummy are actually the Senators taking shots at Bush (indirectly)?
If I remember the theory right:
McCain--has had a bone to pick with Bush since 2000;
Lott--mad he was forced out of his leadership role
Hagel--didn't hear anything
Collins--she was the big figure behind the Senate version of the 9/11 commision bill; mad at Bush for not pushing it more (?)
Coleman--I dunno his deal.