Thursday, September 30, 2004

Spin City for Dummies

Yes, our tired and loathsome associates over there in the land of wingnut radio are already combing through the ashes. From (Dope Fiend) Limbaugh, (Vice Principal) Hewitt, Savage (Idiot) and the Mayor of Dunceville (Scarborough) we'll hear how the Preznut "connects" with average folk who have below average vocabulary, have sex with their kin and can floss with rope. All is not hopeless - they still have hard-edge religion and profound wingnuttery, to which they contribute via love offerings in the form of 5's, 10's and 20's, and even, perhaps, a diabolical constitutional amendment.

"See here," the Chimperor will stammer. "The constitution is a piece of paper and we don't need some activist judges tearing it up." Rather, they'd take some crayon and white glue to the document and make it an origami hat - the kind you used to make in grade school with old newspaper.

And then, every once in a while, the emperor really has no clothes and he leaves you with a gift. A beautiful gift that should resonate for weeks as we lead into the Vice Presidential Debates on Tuesday.

"And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many. So I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we'd achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq... All of a sudden you've got a battle you're fighting in a major built-up city, a lot of civilians are around, significant limitations on our ability to use our most effective technologies and techniques. Once we had rounded him up and gotten rid of his government, then the question is what do you put in its place? You know, you then have accepted the responsibility for governing Iraq." - vice president Dick Cheney, 1992.

To quote Andrew Sullivan, if Edwards doesn't use this "he's nuts!" And I sense that the fair-haired boy wonder has Cheney's in a vice about now.


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