Belaboring the Obvious

Friday, February 08, 2008

More Than Just Unclear On the Concept....

Dan Froomkin, in his blog at the WaPo, writes:

President Bush this morning gave his stamp of approval to the presumptive new leader of his party -- but he may not have been doing John McCain any favors.

"Listen, the stakes in November are high," Bush said. "This is an important election. Prosperity and peace are in the balance. So with confidence in our vision and faith in our values, let us go forward, fight for victory, and keep the White House in 2008."

But it's a sound bite more likely to show up in a Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton commercial than a McCain one.

Bush told a room full of whooping Republican die-hards at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference: "We will face other challenges ahead that will require new energy and before long, new leadership. I'm absolutely confident, with your help we will elect a President who shares our principles. As we take on the challenges, we must be guided by the philosophy that has brought us success. Our policies are working. The American people support our points of view. They share our philosophy."

Why bother to deconstruct?

When paranoid schizophrenics start talking in exactly this way about a reality that's completely contrary to their notions of that reality, we medicate them heavily and schedule them for some serious counseling.

"Prosperity and peace are in the balance." Huh??? Whose prosperity? Rich white guys, maybe. The rest of us are watching things come apart at the seams. Peace? He was joking, right? We're in the midst of two wars of our making, with subterranean threats of a third. We could climb from here to the moon on a stack of $20 bills for the money Bush has wasted on his wars of choice.

But, the one phrase in all this that suggests that Bush is totally fucking delusional is this one: "... we must be guided by the philosophy that has brought us success." That's not just political spinnery. That's insanity. That's smearing shit on the walls of the rubber room whenever they take off the straitjacket insanity. That's "you're wrong, the sky is green" insanity. That's "there's no law of gravity" insanity.

And, because it is insanity, what the hell can one say about it? It just is what it is.


  • "... we must be guided by the philosophy that has brought us success."

    See, if I were a member of the White House press corps, that's exactly the moment when I would be hustled out of the room for laughing very, very loudly but, to be fair, not inappropriately.

    By Anonymous Grace Nearing, at 6:02 PM  

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