Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Back to Wild-Eyed

OK, my gentle snowflakes, here is a wonderfully handy list of all the wonderful things & happenings that Shrub has given us.

  • Florida 2000 – What a great time that was, but it’s always nice to have friends in high places, even if they’re your Daddy’s.
Concluding with:
  • SMU is building the George W. Bush Library ... it will represent a massive effort to spin and re-write history to cover for the incompetence and misdeeds of the worst president in our nation’s history.
Meanwhile, from Talking Points Memo come candid revelations from Bush staffers:
  • "Katrina to me was the tipping point," said Matthew Dowd, Bush's pollster and chief strategist for the 2004 presidential campaign. "The president broke his bond with the public. Once that bond was broken, he no longer had the capacity to talk to the American public. State of the Union addresses? It didn't matter. Legislative initiatives? It didn't matter. P.R.? It didn't matter. Travel? It didn't matter."
And, not to be left out of the "tell-all" category, Karl Rove now tells us:
  • In the 35 years I've known George W. Bush, he's always had a book nearby. He plays up being a good ol' boy from Midland, Texas, but he was a history major at Yale and graduated from Harvard Business School. You don't make it through either unless you are a reader.
However, in case you were thinking maybe we have all been wrong about the intelligence and capability of ole' Georgie-Boy, Richard Cohen explains it all in a nice op-ed piece:
  • The books themselves reveal -- actually, confirm -- something about Bush that maybe Rove did not intend. They are not the reading of a widely read man, but instead the books of a man who seeks -- and sees -- vindication in every page. Bush has always been the captive of fixed ideas. His books just support that.
  • His books reflect a man who is seeking to learn what he already knows
Remember, above all else, the Bush administration specialized in deceit. They knew best--not just better than you and me, best--and they were not going to tell you. But it was for your own good. Feel better?

Anyway, these should all prove helpful when your friends and loved ones (you know the ones I mean) start waxing nostalgic for GWB and you need just a few gentle persuasive grenades to lob. Please lob them.

Our "friends" must not be allowed to turn this mess into something good--or even acceptable--once the passage of time has dimmed some of the sting.

So, keep these links handy. And lob away.

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