Pity President Bush has forged such a clear bipartisan consensus united in opposition to his administrations approval of the the company responsible for shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to Dubai Ports World, a United Arab Emirates state-owned company.
Bush Shrugs Off Objections to Port Deal – [AP]
..Bush sought to quiet a political storm that has united Republican governors and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee with liberal Democrats, including New York’s two senators, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer.
Frist said Tuesday, before Bush’s comments, that he would introduce legislation to put the sale on hold if the White House did not delay the takeover. He said the deal raised “serious questions regarding the safety and security of our homeland.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., asked the president for a moratorium on the sale until it could be studied further. “We must not allow the possibility of compromising our national security due to lack of review or oversight by the federal government,” Hastert said.
Maryland’s Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, during a tour of Baltimore’s port on Tuesday, called the deal an “overly secretive process at the federal level.”This whole episode reeks of the political tone deafness displayed during the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination process…