Matt Cunningham chided us for not having as much OC-based news on this site (my count was 7 of the last 10 stories had strong OC hooks).Ã‚Â This one doesn’t,Ã‚Â but you didn’t see this story on OCBlog, FlashReport, or PowderBlue.
Moderate Republicans had a “dutch uncle” talk with the president and White House staff on Iraq.Ã‚Â ReportsÃ‚Â say it was blunt about the war is hurting the party.Ã‚Â
NBC News reported on the meeting on Wednesday night’s report.Ã‚Â Here’s what Tim Russert told Brian Williams:
Russert: The Republican Congressmen then went on to say: “The word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President. There’s no longer any credibility.Ã‚Â It has to come from General Petraeus.”Ã‚Â
At two-thirty in the afternoon, in the private quarters of the White House, the Solarium Room, eleven Republican congressmen had a private meeting with the president, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, the chief political advisor Karl Rove, and the White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, and others. This delegation was headed by Mark Kirk of Illinois and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. It was, in the words of one of the participants, the most unvarnished conversation they’ve ever had with the president.Another member has said he has met with three presidents and never been so candid. They told the president, and one said, quote, “My district is prepared for defeat. We need candor, we need honesty, Mr. President.”
The president responded, “I don’t want to pass this off to another president. I don’t want to pass this off, particularly, to a democratic president,” underscoring he understood how serious the situation was.
Brian, the Republican congressmen went on to say, “The word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President. There’s no longer any credibility. It has to come from General Petraeus.
The meeting lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, and was, in the words of one, “remarkable for the bluntness, and no holds barred honesty and the message delivered by all these Republican congressmen.