Friday, April 22, 2005


Lame Duck Season May Be Opening Soon

I get the feeling The Bush League has hit lame duck status in record time. Teri Schiavo, Tom DeLay, John Bolton and Social Security reformation seem to have The Bush League's steamroller stopped cold. First, Alan Greenspan tells Republicans they have to raise taxes, then Colin Powell tells Republican Senators John Bolton was "challenging" to work with. ("Challenging to work with" is HR talk meaning "arrogant, pigheaded, egomaniacal back-stabber.")

It used to be Alan and Colin were faithful Bush League minions - now they're actually telling the truth in public. I wonder what happens if W decides to try ramming Bolton's nomination through. If Bolton loses, the Bush League looks powerless. If W succeeds in pushing Bolton through, there will be lots of press vultures waiting for Bolton to say something outrageous - which he soon will - and the Bush League comes across as incompetent.

I am reminded of foottball games where the referees have made a number of bad calls favoring one side. Toward the end of the game, when it doesn't matter any more, they'll sometimes pile a bunch of yellow flags on the winning team to even up the stats. My guess is that the press corps - aided by rats leaving W's sinking ship - will soon bury Bush in yellow flags to make up for the last 5 years of parroting Republican talking points.


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