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October 12, 2005
Just A List

Best Reader Letters:

The E&P site gets my vote todayfor Tuesday's letters. If you want to understand what's happening with Judith Miller, you need to be an anagram fan.

Best Post Title:

It only appears that way when you have a pinhead. The pinhead is the guy who needed an intervention to understand there'd been a devastating hurricane in New Orleans.

Most Encouraging Moment:

Reading, " O’Reilly: “If Rove gets indicted, that could bring down the Bush administration.”

Iraq-gate, Treason-gate, whatever you want to call it:

Report: Lawyers say investigation into CIA leak widens to probe 'broader conspiracy' around Iraq

Quote of the Day (Via John McKay):

"The GOP rank and file takes its values seriously. Just imagine the outrage were Rush Limbaugh revealed to be a drug addict, William Bennett a compulsive gambler, Gary Bauer a philanderer, Strom Thurmond the father of a black child, or George Bush a coke fiend. They’d never work in this town again."

I didn't care for the rest of the entry, but I loved thequote and Mustang Bobby is working on the same theme.

Strangest Story I Hadn't Previously Been Aware Of:

"I prefer not": the peculiar saga of David M. Barrett. Why does Congress find itself unable to bring an end to this closed investigation?

Today's Best Onion Article:

Bush To Appoint Someone To Be In Charge Of Country

Item That Surprised Me The Least:

Government by Temper Tantrum

Blast From the Past:

Hold Bush Accountable

Fun With Google:

Type in "Failure" and hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:58 PM


O'Reilly comment: We could only be so lucky. On both counts.

Posted by: Lab Kat at October 12, 2005 01:31 PM

Those are some very interesting articles you linked to. I liked Cohen writing about impeaching Bush in 2004. His words, of course, have even greater weight today.

I very much liked typing the word "failure" into Google. I'm left wondering if this arose from deliberate Google bombing, or happened by coincidence. It is interesting that the Blogosphere is thought to be majority conservative, yet situations such as this still arise. On the other hand, it certainly is much more disappointing to type the word "courage" into Google.

I'm not at all surprised to read that Bush has temper tantrums. Wasn't Mark Klienman just last week gathering evidence that Bush may have started drinking again?

My sense of Bush's thin-skinned temperment and perpetual rage began to form during the first election. I have a close friend who went to a Bush rally in the summer of 2000. He stood in line for hours so he could shake Bush's hand. After the rally Bush came down the line of people, shaking everyone's hands. When he got to my friend my friend said, "Mr. Bush, if elected, I believe you'll be the worst President in history." Bush responded "Who the fuck cares what you think?" and then Bush moved on.

For awhile I had trouble understanding that story. It didn't make sense to me that Bush would say something so undiplomatic in public, at a rally. But after 5 years of watching the man, I feel like I better understand how thin-skinned he is. Nowadays, I've an easy time imagining his non-stop anger. I hope it ruins him. He deserves to be ruined.

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at October 12, 2005 02:04 PM

Lab kat - The optimist in me continues to hope....

Posted by: Anne at October 13, 2005 10:49 AM

Lawrence, I ran across the Cohen link when searching for...I forget what, and decided the same thing. It was interesting to hear those words from a year ago, and consider them again in light of what's happening today.

My sense of Bush's thin-skinned temperament and perpetual rage formed almost at the first instant I saw his face and heard him speak, during the first campaign. His face had, "petulant bully" written all over it and there was this weird, robotic note in his voice.... The hair literally stood up on the back of my neck. I never could understand how people could look at him and not see him.

While I know you shouldn't really judge someone instantly, I also believe that by the time you're an adult, much can be learned from your face, because it's what you've made of it through your life. Bush's face said dishonest, untrustworthy, and dangerous to me.

(On the other hand, that was a dumb question to shout at a candidate in such a situation and I have to say I can't blame Bush for blowing your friend off. However, his choice of words does say a lot about him, I agree.)

Posted by: Anne at October 13, 2005 10:55 AM
I hope it ruins him. He deserves to be ruined.

Heh. Must be the bleeding-heart liberal in me. I don't want him "ruined." I feel sorry for him, when I look at his family. I just give thanks I wasn't raised by people like that.

I don't want him ruined. I just want him stopped. Hatred and a sense of entitlement are a bad combination to have sitting in the White House.

Posted by: Anne at October 13, 2005 10:56 AM