Saturday, September 10, 2005

The sinking of Dear Leader's ship of state?

Dear Leader Bush is trying his tried-and-true methods of snapping back from his failures by using his favorite message: 9/11, terrorism, terrorism, 9/11!!!

And sliming the critics, of course.

I can't wait until he rewards Michael Brown's brilliant performance at FEMA with an appointment to the Supreme Court.  Brownie is a lawyer, after all.  Kinda sorta.

Using the historical precedent of the PRI party in Mexico and the effects on its political fortunes of the aftermath of a major 1985 earthquake, Marc Cooper looks at The Sinking of the President: Bush and the Democrats need to catch up on their reading by Marc Cooper  LA Weekly 06/09/15/05.

I thought this line was fairly inspired: "Never has the term lame duck been more appropriate."

Contemplate what the floods of New Orleans have washed up into our own American living rooms: a gasping President Bush who cannot explain how, four years and tens of billions of dollars after 9/11, his Homeland Security apparatus couldn’t manage its first real challenge; a top federal-disaster official whose previous post was director of an elite horse-breeding association and who has been revealed to have no skills other than acute political sycophancy; an American infrastructure hollowed out and impotent from decades of bipartisan erosion and underfunding; several hundred thousand previously invisible, mostly black, very poor people of the sort we have become accustomed to not thinking about very much; and to top it off, a presidential Mother Bush who has done the best Marie Antoinette impression since the sacking of Versailles (saying of the homeless refugees in the Astrodome that they “were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them”).

Similar to Mexico’s PRI, Bush has — until now — somehow miraculously survived the most repugnant of his own policies: the massive tax-cut transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich, the looting and bankrupting of the national treasury, the policies of torture at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, and the sacrificing of thousands of young Americans in a disastrous and unprovoked foreign war. To paraphrase Don Rumsfeld, the unknowable is rarely knowable. And how would George W. Bush — or Karl Rove, for that matter — have ever known that, in the end, the administration’s political undoing would stem from none of the above, but rather would flow from a flood — from, indeed, a deluge of truly biblical proportions?

He then goes on to talk about how both parties share responsibility for the neglect of domestic infrastructure and ignoring poverty.  While what he says is true as far as it goes, he seems at the end of the article to slip into the press corps habit of balancing negative things about the Republican Party without mentioning how the Democrats somehow share the blame.

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