Friday, February 04, 2005

Preaching to the Perverted

On Wednesday President Bush said the following about Social Security:

"I will work with members of Congress to find the most effective combination of reforms. I will listen to anyone who has a good idea to offer."

Then we have this nugget from a news story in the Houston Chronicle about what Josh Marshall has called the Bamboozlepalooza Tour:

In keeping with White House procedures, the audience in Fargo was solidly pro-Bush, and conversation participants on stage with the president already support his plan for private accounts.

It was a scripted environment, but at one point during the event, a woman in a headscarf approached the stage.

"You're from Iraq?" Bush asked, apparently startled.

The woman clasped her hands and addressed the president, saying, "Thank you, thank you." The crowd roared to its feet.

So, he'll listen to anyone who will tell him what he wants to hear (no surprise, as we watch the West Wing door hit Colin Powell, who only appears reasonable in comparison to the rest of this disastrous crew, on the backside). It was bad enough when Bush did this exclusionary thing when he was campaigning, but what does it mean when the President of the United States can only appear before those ga-ga about him? Does he begin such an appearance by saying, "Hi, y'all. Tell the folks protesting outside that I'm a uniter, not a divider," followed by the smirk that got him into all those frat parties in his Yale days?

And Rove & Co. will keep milking the Iraqi sympathy angle, even to push their Social Security boondoogle. (Of course this Iraqi woman doesn't have to live in Iraq while we occupy it and kill 100,000 of her people, so it's a bit easier for her to be effusive.)

It's impossible to even be witty about this kind of duplicity and unscrupulousness. If you see someone cursing for twenty minutes, don't bother to say hi, for I'm too worked up right now.


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