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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

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Tom E.

My stupid question is: why isn’t that the very first question the president and vice president are asked every single day?

I'm afraid that it's not a very difficult question to answer, but it's a very tough answer to take. The kind of American society in which a president might be asked that very question no longer exists. Or, at least, it's on a sort of hiatus until a Democratic president commits some sexual indiscretion. Consider yesterday's New York Times article about the sex life of Bill and Hillary Clinton if you can stomach it. Consider further William Broder's (the "Dean of Washington Pundits") defense of said article, calling the Clinton couple's private business "fair game." That should be enough to answer your question.
Really, a president like George W. Bush or vice president like Dick ("Other Priorities") Cheney can do anything they like; tell any lie they want. The media elite are waiting with bated breath for the next salacious story to emerge on the Clintons and can't be bothered to deal with the criminal negligence and staggering incompetence of the Bush administration.
Start a war for no good reason? No problem. Lie to get a war started so your approval ratings soar? No problem. Lose an entire American city to a hurricane due to utter incompetence and disconnected apathy? No problem. Shred the Constitution and pretend it didn't really apply to you anyway? No problem. Steal a presidential election? No problem. Tell vicious and baseless lies about the military record of an opponent while pretneding to be a "war presidents" when you used your father's connections to get a coveted slot in the National Guard to avoid combat service in a war you supported and then not even finish your required service in that piece-of-cake duty? No problem. Hollow out the armed forces in your get-reelected war so that American national security is in serious jeopardy? No problem. Get the EPA to lie about the air quality in Manhattan the days after 9/11 so that the markets recover, thus shortening the lives of perhaps hundreds of thousands of people? No problem. Be a Democrat and place on foot wrong in your private life? You're f----d.

Tom E.

P.S. Did I mention That Bush appears to be ginning up another war? It would be understandable if you missed it, given the media's wholly defensible obsession with for Mr. Clinton's masculine appendage and its peregrinations.

Scott

Did I mention That Bush appears to be ginning up another war? It would be understandable if you missed it, given the media's wholly defensible obsession with for Mr. Clinton's masculine appendage and its peregrinations.

Listen, I’m not even sure what a masculine appendage is but if it turns out I do indeed own one, I’m quite positive no one’s ever given a hoot about its peregrinations.

Man. Some guys have all the luck.

And, yeah, we’re gonna nuke Iran. That’s not news, is it? I mean, how often have Bill and Hill, you know, "Done the Deed" in the past couple months! That’s what American desperately needs to know!

By the by—good to have you back, Tom E. The Dial ain’t been the same without ye. It was sorta listing to center there for a bit. :)

Tom E.

Mea culpa: The "Dean's" first name is David, not William. Since I'm a liberal, my credibility is shot over that error. Were I Bush or any suitable rightwinger, the mistake would be used as prima facie evidence of my iconoclastic legitimacy, my Joe Sixpack down-to-earth qualities. By the way, here's a short bit from Alterman today on the subject I ranted on above:

I went to a dinner for Al Gore last night. After being introduced by his hosts, Harry Evans and Tina Brown, he fielded questions and the first one, from Charlie Rose, was the right one: “What would it take to convince you to run for President in 2008?” Gore gave a long, interesting answer in which he pointed out that the transformation of our political culture into one of short soundbites was not one in which he felt most comfortable or to which he thought he was particularly good at adapting. I fear he’s right about this. To listen to the long, thoughtful, erudite answers Gore gave to questions last night —Chris Buckley asked him about nuclear power; I asked him about the weaknesses of our political and journalistic establishments that allow the Bush administration to get away with its mendacity/extremism/incompetence for so long— is to bring oneself to tears over the contrast between this thoughtful, intelligent, articulate and well-informed would-be statesman, and the purposely ignorant ideologue whom the Supreme Court placed in the world’s most powerful office. But Gore is no good at pithy quips and tries hard to tell the truth, even when it hurts. There’s little value on that in our debased political culture, where Maureen Dowd complains about his coffee tastes, his clothes, about everything except what matters, and she’s on the Good Guys’ team.

By the by—good to have you back, Tom E. The Dial ain’t been the same without ye. It was sorta listing to center there for a bit.

Thanks. Busy, busy, busy, etc. Well, back to growing old and wearing the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Scott

Well, back to growing old and wearing the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Well son-of-a-gun: turns out I actually am a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas. Which may explain why I do not, in fact, dare to eat a peach, although yes, I have measured out my life in coffee spoons. Or at least that's how I got through this afternoon.

Jennifer

Hi Scott,
The scary thing is that Dicky C. REALLY believes that quitting Iraq hands Osama a win--as if this whole war were nothing but a sports match.

In the mean time, inflation will continue to rage out of control to counter gov't spending, our economy will take a dive when consumerism within the poor and the middle class drop due to higher debt interest levels to counter said inflation, small, domestic, businesses will be beaten out by the Walmart effect, our goods will no longer be valuable overseas and China will call in her bonds.

But Dicky C. says to protect ourselves is to let the big, bad Osama win. Dicky C. is no Phil Jackson.

Tom E.

I actually am a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas.

All very well and good. But if you begin to hear the mermaids singing, Pal, then it's time to get some serious therapy.

Scott

But if you begin to hear the mermaids singing, Pal, then it's time to get some serious therapy.

I hear 'em all the time. Around here it just means the girls are in an Ariel mood.

Which means I get to play the cranky, hot-tempered, ineffectual king who nobody listens to anyway. You know, typecasting.

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