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Wednesday, January 21, 2004


I was in and out for the State of the Union, dealing with the baby, dealing with dinner, but I caught most of it. I’ve long been a fan of the serpentine flicking of the President’s lying tongue when he speaks, and as his lies this time were monumental and shameless, his snakelike tongue made many appearances. My favorite moment was when he almost cracked up when talking about being a responsible steward of the people’s money. Broad smile as he says it, vigorous applause from his Party loyalists, as they all know their plan to BANKRUPT THE GOVERNMENT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE is going great. Really, I laughed out loud at the con man getting such a kick out of his con. The movie isn’t as interesting if the bad guy isn’t attractive sometimes. Not to take away anything from his wickedness.

Respect to Rove’s adviser Grover Norquist for telling the truth. “The goal is to shrink government down small enough so we can drown it in a bathtub.” (Paraphrase.) The method for the shrinkage? Bankruptcy. It would be nice if the mainstream press took, you know, Norquist at his word, and contextualized Bush’s policies therefrom.

Bush’s hammering on the ongoing threat of the terrorists fell into a new light when I read NY Times Republican hireling columnist David Brooks’s Tuesday column after watching most of the SOTU. Brook had been hanging out in Iowa -- I guess the phrase is “reporting from” Iowa -- and while snarking at the “smallish”ness of the Dem candidates and praising the idealism of the Dem caucus goers, he expressed surprise at how little the atrocity of 9-11 weighs on people’s minds. Bush sure took pains to try to persuade people to be afraid, be very afraid. The implication being, only the R’s are tough enough to deal with it.

The con man’s going down. People ain’t buying his crock of lies no more.
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