Thursday, October 13, 2005

Speaking of Gates...


Sorry it's been a while; busy with the new line of work.

But if we're going to talk about "gates," how about Church-gate? Or Pander-gate? Or something to that effect - I'm talking about Bush's astonishingly obvious and poorly executed effort to pander to the basest of his base by saying this on why people should appoint Miers, AKA "My little Crony":

"People ask me why I picked Harriet Miers," Bush said when reporters asked about those assurances. "They want to know Harriet Miers' background. They want to know as much as they possibly can before they form opinions. And part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion. Part of it has to do with the fact that she was a pioneer woman and a trailblazer in the law in Texas."

Could he be any more obvious? The "faith based" crowd cries foul because they aren't convinced she shares their views, so Bush throws them a bone; in doing so, he'll continue to alientate them - nothing pisses off those who try to be religious more than patronizing hypocrisy and lip-service to their faith - and, quite likely, the Democrats who looked like they might be amenable to her nomination.

It's kind of funny watching the whole thing - apart from the sociopath Dobson, who claimed to be privy to internal information (I think he may also have said God told him to back Miers), there's been far more hostility to Miers on the right than there has been support. Take George Will, who despite his demi-Straussian status, I quote:

"It is not important that she be confirmed because there is no evidence that she is among the leading lights of American jurisprudence, or that she possesses talents commensurate with the Supreme Court's tasks."

Indeed. Now, it's amusing to point out all the ironies - those who, with Roberts, were saying he shouldn't have to answer questions about his philosophy are now saying that Miers should, whereas those who wanted to ask Roberts a question about his philosophy are now less concerned, etc. That's politics - no one is against legislating from the bench, whatever that means, but they're against the other side legislating from the bench.

What's interesting, though, is how, all of a sudden, when it rains, it pours with the Bush administration - a whole lot of people were pretty damn pissed for about the first 4 years of his presidency - what lies and deception could he not get away with? What brazen hypocrisy was too great for him to commit without being punished because he nicknames journalists? Then, the shit started to hit the fan - Iraq, where major combat operations have been over for over 2 years, continues to make progress, evident in the large number of people getting killed in the US military and among the Iraqi civilian population (after all, they only attack because they're desperate, and once we have these elections/constitution/elections, the attacks will die down); an astonishingly incompetent and unqualified crony nicknamed Brownie did a heck of a job mishandling the disasters on the Gulf Coast and destroying the crown jewel of the bureaucracy under Clinton; Rove and Libby may well be indicted soon - remember when Bush said he'd fire whoever leaked?; Delay has been indicted; Frist may be indicted; and most tragi-comic of all, Bush can't even get his base to back his Supreme Court nominee.

Have we reached the tipping point? Has the rest of America (or at least some of the third estate) finally realized what left of center types have been saying for 4 years - that the emperor has no clothing? 39% approval rating; only 28% think we're going in the right direction...not such good numbers. One wonders where the political capital went.

So the Miers sop - dadgum, she sure does go to some church and love her some Jesus - may be the sign that Bush's presidency has hit the tipping point. If you're so desperate to get backing for a Supreme Court nominee from you BASE that you pander to it unsuccessfully (and, for the sake of argument, lets say he is successful - he'll piss off just about every moderate Republican and Democrat, and may well violate the Civil Rights Act and Civil Service Reform Act) and your chief sycophant spends an entire press conference not answering the same question incoherently, you've got to ask yourself: is it time for another vacation?
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