How times have changed — sort of.
I realize that the above picture is not as clear as it might be. I snapped it on my cell phone camera when visiting Senator Hagel‘s office recently.
The picture shows George W. Bush hugging Senators McCain and Hagel. This kind of encounter happens all the time in DC. Even enemies have to smile, laugh, tell jokes and keep the heat turned down to some degree so as to fight another day. Today’s friends may be tomorrow’s enemies and vice versa.
But the note from Bush says:
To Chuck —
Is it a rose betwee two thorns? Nope! 3 roses —
Best wishes, George Bush
Hagel is the one who should have run for office here. McCain, by embracing Bush and Cheney, has undermined his Straight Talk magic. And Bush may have undermined them both.
Just a tidbit to chew on before I get on my flight to Berlin.
— Steve Clemons