Did he jump, or was he pushed?
And how many seats would the Republicans have saved if he’d quit last week?
UpdateHe was pushed. Bush described the departure as a mutual agreement rather than as a resignation reluctantly accepted. (Loyalty, you know. Bush is always loyal to himself.) Bob Gates replaces Rumsfeld. Gates is a member of the Baker-Hamilton group, which suggests Bush isn’t inclined to simply dig in his heels.
Bush also more or less admitted lying to reporters about Rummy’s status when he said last week that he was staying on; Baker was already chosen, he said, before the election.
A reporter nailed Bush on his call for an end to partisanship after saying last week that the Democrats’ platform was “Terrorists win. America loses.” His response, roughly: that was then, this is now.