It may take them awhile, but give Republican senators like Conrad Burns of Montana credit for acknowledging what Hillary and others have been saying about Bush for years. http://www.kpax.com/Global/story.asp?S=4564140 A Republican senator says President Bush is stubborn and has a skull of -- quote -- "solid granite." Those are the words of Montana Senator Conrad Burns, in criticizing Bush's continued support for placing some U-S port operations under a company based in Dubai. Burns made the remark at the Hill County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Havre. His spokesman -- Matt Mackowiak -- says the reference to granite was not meant as an insult. Mackowiak says Burns uses the same phrase in talking about his son, and that it's -- quote -- "a little joke he likes to use." Mackowiak says Burns believes the White House should have been more forthcoming, about the deal to allow a state-owned company in Dubai to control operations at six major U-S ports. But the spokesman says Burns gets along very well with his fellow Republican, and thinks Bush has done an excellent job on national security.