Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Having watched some of Bush's press conference and listened to some of the pundits, and noting that Rumsfeld's replacement, Robert Gates, was named immediately, I believe that the change was in the works for several weeks, and that the only thing that could have saved Rumsfeld would have been a resounding defeat of the Democrats. The opposite happened, so ....
Although I think the timing was poor (allows Pelosi, et al., go gloat), in light of the political realities I think it was the right thing to do, because the Dems have kind of painted themselves into a bit of a corner by tying their policy to the Baker commission's recommendations. Gates is a member of the Baker commission, and as noted by several commentators, it will be somewhat difficult for them not to confirm him while embracing the recommendations of the commission. Aside from the fact that he's a former CIA director and the current president of Texas A&M University, I don't know much about him. I just did a quick scan of his bio on Wikipedia, and refer you there.