Pelosi, Reid, and a few other highly-ranked Democratic members of the House and Senate just spoke to the press after meeting with the alleged president about his plans for Iraq. They looked grim. They are justifiably frustrated that Bush has waited until today (when the plans have already been made and this evening’s speech is probably already in final draft form) to “consult” with them. I use the scare quotes quite deliberately there, because true consultation involves actually listening to what others are saying and incorporating their suggestions into the final plans, not going into a meeting with one’s mind made up and attempting to persuade others to one’s view.

Interestingly, even the Republican congressional leaders who spoke with the press looked grim after hearing from Dubya. This does not bode well for the rest of us, and most particularly does not bode well for the men and women in our armed forces. This is going to be an interesting speech tonight.

jane doe