With a coda on Queen Barbara
Well, Poppy Bush called it. The nation may be experiencing "Bush fatigue" he told CNN's Larry King, in an interview scheduled to run tonight. Otherwise, he says, Jeb would be the front-runner for the presidency in '08.
Oh. That sort of Bush fatigue, as in, "Let someone else have a turn," a sort of WASP-ish graciousness, a token gesture to rotate off for a cycle that an 8th grade teacher might impose on a popular class president.
Not the kind of Sisyphean Bush fatigue we're all experiencing as we drag our sad souls back up to the surface, day after day, for a gulp of hope which isn't there. Slog on.
Living under the leaden thumb of Bushco is like being the mole in a game of "whack a mole". Whenever we pop up to find a glimmer of light, they manage to whack us back down.
Take the Gonzales hearing. Short of blurting out that Karl made him do it, Alberto could not have done any worse. What did he do in those two weeks that he was said to be preparing for the hearing if not go over his notes and refresh his memory? And what happened to the furor over the missing emails on the RNC computers? What about all the subpoenas that were authorized? Where is all the skepticism and ire that we saw coming out of every Senator on the panel except Orrin Hatch? Even Arlen Spector, arch critic of Gonzales, now simply says that he won't call for his resignation, that it's up to the AG (Amnesiac Grande) and the president. And, whack whack, we know where they both stand. Is it any wonder Bush thinks we're doing well in Iraq when he also thinks Alberto did a great job? And don't forget Brownie. Heckuva job, all the way around.
I've got Bush fatigue all right. Call it Chronic Bush Fatigue, the kind that leaves you drained and barely able to lift your head to form words. Some people have asked why I haven't been writing op-eds lately and I point to Chronic Bush Fatigue.
When we are bombarded with images of death, in Blacksburg
yes, but day after day in Baghdad, and watch one more idiotic and imcompetent stab at "winning" the war, including such medieval concepts as building a wall, we get very tired. (Wasn't it the godfather of Conservatism, Ronald Reagan, who exhorted Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall?)
And when you read about the bombings that take place daily, maiming and killing hundreds and thousands of Iraqis, and sending our misled (in every sense of the word) soldiers home in body bags, and about the exodus of Iraqi refugees to any border they can find (but not the US of A, cause, um, they're like, um, scary?) and then listen to the astonishingly delusional Current Occupant, who boasted just the other day that history will judge him kindly because he did not try to be popular -- well, a sort of mute despair sets in, and writing about him anymore seems pointless and redundant. All you can do is count the days until he's gone, and even that thread of hope is frayed by knowing the scope of the damage he's done -- and that his supreme court justices will long be with us.
Yep, I'm tired of all things Bush, and you can toss the Royal Mother Barbara Bush into that mix as well.
Back in the glory days, relatively speaking, when Poppy was president, Barbara Bush had a sort of street cred with moderate Dems, especially women, for her "look." No dyed hair, quietly pro-choice, and, they all said, she spoke her mind. I always wondered about that, because if she was so pro-choice why didn't she speak her mind about it? Who kept her under wraps?
Sorry, I always figured that behind those horrible children there had to be a closeted monster. (Yes, I think they're horrible. We know George, but look up Doro, or Neil and Marvin, and do a little checking into Jeb's S&L past.)
We already knew how Barbara feels about her beautiful mind, and what a windfall it was for those Katrina victims to wind up living in the armory, but in the same Larry King interview, she sets us straight on how she feels about Mormons.
"You know we have a lot of Christian wild people too, and a lot of Jewish wild people and a lot of Muslim wild people. The Mormon religion takes care of its own, they don't have people on welfare."
Ahh, compassionate conservatism at its best.
Bush Fatigue overwhelms me. Anyone have a cure?