BREAKING NEWS … Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Resigns … Now Dennis Hastert won’t Run for Leadership Position


Some one always has to take the fall after a disaster …

This should come as no surprise after last nights election results where the Republican party was taken out back of the woodshed. The Drudge Report is stating as well as all cable networks that Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down. Of course there are several Republican Representatives, Senators and Governors asking themselves this morning why this couldn’t have come a month or two ago.


Robert gates

Gates is the president of Texas A&M University and a close friend of the Bush family.He served as CIA director for Bush’s father from 1991 until 1993.
Gates first joined the CIA in 1966 and served in the intelligence community for more
than a quarter century, under six presidents.His nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

I would not be surprised if we see a change in the Republican House and Senate leadership as well. Rumsfeld will be replaced by former CIA Director Robert Gates.



Bush says Rumsfeld is stepping down

Bush described Rumsfeld as a “superb leader” in a time of change, but said his defense chief recognizes the value of “fresh perspective.” He said Rumsfeld is a “trusted adviser and friend,” and that he’s “deeply grateful” for his service to the country. Bush said he and Rumsfeld agreed that “the timing is right for new leadership” at the Pentagon. (Yahoo News)

UPDATE: 4:00 EDT  Hastert Won’t Seek House Leader PostHastert-dennis

I guess we called that one from the above post, “I would not be surprised if we see a change in the Republican House and Senate leadership as well.” Speaker of the House Dennis Hasert has told fellow Republicans that he will not run for minority leadership in the new Congress. Its time to broom the Republican leadership and start a new. Hint to Republican’s … Conservatism did not lose yesterday, you did.

His decision to step down cleared the way for a likely succession battle. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the majority leader, is expected to run, and Reps. Mike Pence of Indiana and Joe Barton of Texas have also signaled they may make a bid for leadership positions.

The officials said they did not know whether Hastert intended to remain in Congress. He was elected to an 11th term in Illinois on Tuesday night, and had said he would seek a new term as speaker if the GOP held the House. (Breitbart)

Who shall be next? We already know that Republicans will have to find a new Senate Minority leader. That is after the forgone conclusion is ended in the VA Senate race and Jim Webb is declared the winner giving Democrats control of the US Senate.

The Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate need to take a good look in the mirror, grow a spine and understand why their base is so upset at them.

Other blogs with comments on Hastert’s decision: My Pet Jawa, Michelle Malkin and The Storms Blog

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  • Comments

    25 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS … Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Resigns … Now Dennis Hastert won’t Run for Leadership Position”

    1. Roy on November 8th, 2006 1:56 pm

      Wow…of the previous 50 or so threads, I believe the Queen/Aruba thread has more posts than the others combined (or near to it). No doubt what people come here for!

    2. dee on November 8th, 2006 2:23 pm

      Well, well, well. The Titanic got a hole blasted in it’s side last night and now the rats are starting to jump overboard. Look for a few more since control no longer belongs to them. There are gonna be many sleepless nights for the pubs still in power.

      They made their beds so let them lie in them.

    3. Leslie on November 8th, 2006 2:41 pm

      Spell check: “secretary”

    4. Maurice B. on November 8th, 2006 2:54 pm

      I can’t stop celebrating. Especially here in Columbus, OH where we have a new Democratic Governor along with Sherrod Brown defeating Sen. Dewine. As you can see great changes are taking place already. The minimum wage passed here in Ohio. I told many of my republician friends that if they re-elect Bush that they would be sorry within two years.

      As you see many republicians turned on Bush. As far as the economy goes those figures are wrong because here in Ohio and other parts of the midwest many are suffering because of companies closing or moving out of the country. Many republicans can’t see what’s been going on with the middle class because they have been too concerned with filling there own pockets.

    5. JusticeforNatalee on November 8th, 2006 3:25 pm

      Bye, Bye, Rummy.
      Too bad about your “resignation.”
      You didn’t think Bush was going to take the blame, did you?

    6. da wench on November 8th, 2006 3:52 pm

      Big surprise, Rummy. Now that the Dems are in control again, someone is going to have to answer some questions about Iraq.

    7. Karen Simmons on November 8th, 2006 3:52 pm

      Thank goodness..Rumsfeld is gone….so sad……NOT!

    8. kay zee ess on November 8th, 2006 3:53 pm

      Had this occured in a more timely manner, the Republicans very well may have retained the House and Senate.

      Wednesday morning quarterbacking, I guess.

    9. Scared Monkeys on November 8th, 2006 3:55 pm

      I do agree that Rumsfeld had to go … actually this should have occured a month or so ago.

      The resignation takes the issue away from Democrats. But they will find more … you know that bi-partisan display that they will show to all.

      Who will be the next to fall? Bolton?

      There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling. Trust me … this hand will be over played.

    10. leeb on November 8th, 2006 3:55 pm

      Wrong on all counts – just like Aruba.
      The Virginia US Senate race between (R) George Allen and (D) Jim Webb is being
      predictedas being one of the close election races on Tuesday. However, with the election
      polls beingall over the place, one really begins to wonder about the credibility of polling. as
      being one of the close election races on Tuesday. However, with the election polls being all
      over the place, one really begins to wonder about the credibility of polling.

      What was once referred to as a à ´Big Blue Tidal Waveà ¶ is turning into a case of cold sweats
      for Democratic leaders. Democrats with the aide of a willing media all but said the midterm
      elections were over and that Democrats would control both houses not less than two weeks
      ago. A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. The momentum has shifted and is
      on the side on Republicans in so many races.

      One thing is for certain that momentum is on the side of Republicans heading into
      tomorrowÆs midterm elections. The question is whether this momentum will continue to
      affect some vital close races in the House and Senate. The following Senate races have
      become interesting to say the least. The stated 6 to 8 seats that Democrats have boasted
      they would pick up, may turn into a last minute fizzle. Did the Democrats once again over
      play their hand and celebrate too early? Momentum is clearly on the side of the
      Republican party and a motivated base. Tomorrow will tell the real answers. Or at least
      after all the law suits and voter fraud allegations.

    11. jackson80 on November 8th, 2006 4:08 pm

      the pundits called it; i don’t know why anyone should be suprised at this turn of events. the war was going to be a “cakewalk” and pay for itself with oil revenue, instead the taxpayers are another trillion in debt and the rich have had a trillion in tax breaks.

    12. sharon on November 8th, 2006 4:44 pm

      #4 Maurice –

      Congratulations in Ohio!

      I’m celebrating with you! Just not as much.

      Proud to be an American. Still not proud to be a Floridian.

    13. chris on November 8th, 2006 6:24 pm

      Too little, too late.

    14. joe bear on November 8th, 2006 6:35 pm

      I was wrong.Pelosi did not have to fall on her sword.Yes Red,the frenzy is starting.Bolton might be enough.The actions of people like Allen,caused it.Parties come,parties go.Remember monkeys,don’t drink the Kool aid yet,you have a president of a different party,who can weld the veto.Joe

    15. Kate on November 8th, 2006 7:24 pm

      The President couldn’t be SO STUPID to begin wielding the VETO SWORD!!! Does he really want to hand the ’08 Presidency to another Dem???? Wow, think about that…all those tax breaks GONE for the wealthy, in the blink of an eye!!!

      Yes, President Bush, PLEASE start wielding that heavy sword. Show us your veto power! We want you to veto EVERYTHING for the next two years!

    16. Mortella on November 8th, 2006 10:13 pm

      This man is an excellent selection by President Bush for Secretary of Defense. Robert Gates has experience as head of the CIA and that is where many leaks and other misinformation originated like the now proven bogus PlameGate and other problems.

      Bush should have replaced George Tenet at CIA upon taking office instead of keeping Clinton’s Boy George there for he is the one who swore to Bush Iraq currently had WMD and even said it was a slam dunk.

      I have no doubt the booming economy will now tank as the Democrats raise taxes which will in turn cut tax revenues eventually because the increase will stifle any corporate growth which would in turn provide more new jobs.

      As always, the middle class will suffer the most from this as interest rates rise and jobs disappear. Thirty-seven factories closed in my area under Clinton/Gore so we can expect more of the same.

      Midterms traditionally go to the opposition party so this is nothing new. And Bush could have replaced Rumsfeld BEFORE the election if he had not principles like the Democrats who will do literally anything to get a vote. That minimum wage increase is not going to mean much when they raise the taxes on it and make it smaller than what it was before the raise.

      So let’s hear all these hot plans the Dems have. So for I have heard only some of the stupidest things I have heard come out of the mouths of elected officials. One was let’s disarm the militia in Iraq. DUH! Like they haven’t been trying for three years. Syria and Iran keep rearming them.

      If the Democrats have in fact a winning plan for Iraq you mean they kept it secret to get votes in an election? That would be reprehensible if they did such a thing.

      But never fear, they have no plans for anything except to tax and spend as always and promote abortion even to kids twelve years old without parental notification. Being in office six years usually results in these kinds of returns and many are unhappy about the lack of progress in Iraq.

      So let’s see these Dems fix anything for they have only made things worse in the past. Some have forgotten double digit interest rates thanks to Carter and really hard times which just usually have happened in recent years under a liberal. Example, NAFTA sending all the steel production to Mexico under Clinton.

      But there are always those useful idiots as Stalin called them who will vote for somebody thinking they are going to do something good for them personally and do not have the good of the country as a whole in mind. And as I said, enjoy those minimum wage gains for your net take home pay will be lower than before when they get through raising your taxes. And this will not require enactment of new laws, they will just allow the cuts Bush gave to expire. It’s already a done deal. Creeping socialism. The same thing that has just about bankrupted the countries of the European Union and has brought them to their knees. 20% unemployment there is not unusual and now we can have it for our very own.


    17. Mortella on November 8th, 2006 10:18 pm

      Robert Gates having been Director at the CIA will make a tremendous contribution for he knows the Agency inside and out and can prevent some of the recently seen contention between the Intelligence Community and the Pentagon. He is like a bridge for the two.

      This is a brilliant choice by Bush and I am hopeful that this man can bring new insight to the situation in Iraq and other fronts of the War on Terror. With Democrats in control of Congress, we are going to need all the help we can get. May God help us all!


    18. realtruth on November 8th, 2006 10:27 pm

      public jesture causes termination for one public employee who waived to the president:

    19. Flopping Aces » Blog Archive » Get A Grip! on November 9th, 2006 12:22 am

      [...] Change is good I suppose but you know what irks me? It’s these kind of comments: The Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate need to take a good look in the mirror, grow a spine and understand why their base is so upset at them. [...]

    20. hammer on November 9th, 2006 9:34 am


      Donald Rumsfeld

      Princeton, BA
      US Naval Aviator
      US Navy Pilot Instructor
      4 Term Congressman
      US Presidential Aide
      US President Chief Of Staff
      Defense Sectretary (TWICE!)
      CEO JD Searle
      CEO General Instruments

      I admire him and his acomplishments and service in defense of the nation. Secretary Rumsfeld, during his current tour as Defense Secretary, has offered his resignation at least 3 times to President Bush, most recently about a month ago. Prior to yesterday, they were all turned down.

      His straight talk, colorful press conferences, leadership and sense of duty during a time of war were (and remain) great personal qualities that contributed to America’s early and on going victories in the War on Terrorism.

      Best wishes for continued success.


    21. Scared Monkeys on November 9th, 2006 10:06 am

      [...] Cindy Sheehan is a perfect example of their is no appeasing the left wing nuts out there, nor should it ever be attempted. Sheehan’s comments regarding Donald Rumsfeld’s stepping down are classic, “He’s being offered as a sacrificial lamb.”  No kidding, really? However, this coming from the woman that has been asking for Rumsfeld to resign for years. One would think that she would be happy? However, those that know her real agenda know its all about the protest … not the cause. If the now controlled Democratic House and Senate do not ask to pull out of Iraq immediately, does this mean that the “Peace” mom will protest in front of the House and Senate buildings or in front of Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s home? [...]

    22. joedan on November 9th, 2006 12:47 pm

      Idiots. Who cares about Sheehan?

    23. SB on November 9th, 2006 2:47 pm

      Maybe this will shut up all the neocons on this website.
      Newsflash: democrats won by democratic process.

    24. Ramlady on November 9th, 2006 5:41 pm

      Get your celebrations out of the way early people. Many traditionally Republican voters kicked out those Republicans who were seen as ineffective, corrupt, or not conservative enough. Those disgusted with the whole process just stayed home. It’s not so much a Democrat win as it is a Republican loss. Many who have voted Republican in the past and actually bothered to vote Tuesday cast their vote for the Democrat opposition in protest of the perceived lack of effectiveness of the Republicans. The newly-elected Dems are, for the most part, CONSERVATIVES–not the Nancy Pelosi types or the Harry Reid or Kennedy types. Now look who is running their party–the liberal faction. Now they have to decide HOW they are going to effect change in the Congress with a House majority and an ever-so-slight Senate majority (51-49). Will the Nancy Pelosi types take the lead and call for an IMMEDIATE withdrawal from Iraq, impeachment proceedings, and a repeal of the Bush tax cuts, OR will they recognize that they have regained their power by voting in CONSERVATIVE Dems who likely WILL NOT go along with their liberal agenda? I’m afraid some of you celebrating the Dems wins are going to mighty disappointed when you DON’T see the Dems call for troop withdrawals, impeachment, and all those other things you were hoping for. What they do in the next two years will determine their chances in the 2008 Presidential election. America is STILL a conservative country with conservative values. Now they have to actually DO something rather than bitch and moan as they have for the last 12 years. Voters have handed over the reins to the Dems, at least for the next two years. Now let’s see them either lead, follow, or get out of the way.

    25. hammer on November 9th, 2006 10:38 pm


      Secretary Rumsfeld is a patriot who committed the better part of his adult life to public service, and a man who did his duty as the Good Lord gave him the wisdom to see what was right for him to do. I would say the same thing for numerous Democrat party office holders who honorably discharge their services in the advance of America’s security interests.

      Rumsfeld led two astonishing “military” victories: the first in Afghanistan, the second in Iraq. He and his charges failed to “hold the peace” in Iraq. And he accepted full blame by resigning.

      The US domestic issues of the day: gay marriage, taxes, unemployment, economy, etc. are all there to debate. And debated they will be.

      The defense of the nation, and the methods employed to ensure same, remain the great questions of the day. Neocon or Moonbat? All of them died in likely equal numbers on 9/11.

      Keep in mind the main target and who the real bad guys are.

      Oriana Fallaci died in September, another cancer victim. This firebrand journalist was a staunch Vietnam war critic. She covered every war from Korea forward with a liberal eye. She fought tooth and nail every conservative initiative in her native Italy. But she changed her mind after 9/11. And wrote a masterpiece of Western thought that should be required reading on every college campus in the Western World: “The Rage and the Pride.” It sold millions in Europe. She was rewarded with a “fatwa” — calling for her execution. Her followup: “The Force of Reason” is another great read — sold out in Europe BEFORE it’s been translated into English.

      It isn’t only “neocons” who recognize EVIL. You will know it too when you see it:,20867,20726085-2703,00.html

      They do not make distinctions between you and me SB. They will slaughter you and me equally.

      It’s about alot more than “neocons” — imo.


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