Guess what conspicuous, repulsive fly just landed on the surging GOP ointment minutes after claiming a midterm mandate? No, not weak-kneed B. Obama, vamoosing for Asia. Not Sarah Palin, though rancor and disruption are middle names. Not Tea Party growling from the likes of Rand Paul, nor which conservative wins the Alaska Senate seat.
Further, let's dismiss the Smirking Chump's memoir carries any historical weight -- highly defensive, banal distortions add nothing new or substantial to W.'s sequestered presidency. The real news is what he never admitted, like why really he invaded Iraq, but that's another topic. Sadly, his fantasy for children Bush didn't quite write discloses not one juicy scandal. And then, shock and awe, reports Friday show extensive passages were stolen, word for word, from other books. As W.'s entire reign reeked of obeying other peoples' ideas, so much for staying the course.
Idiotically, Bush interviews convey his impression of deftly sidestepping hard questions when, repeatedly, even the softballs unravel the same unapologetic, shameless liar. Takeaway -- Bush's incredible passivity (trusting everything advisers told him about WMDs, Saddam, 9/11, taxes, banksters, emergencies) aligned with criminality (okaying torture to save lives a claim never, ever proved because Cheney hustled up one shyster who nodded, "No Problem"). What comes across is scarily, depressingly exactly like the president we scorn: clueless, unreflective, inarticulate, condescending, uncurious, and in full denial. No Decider, no escape, no awareness of impact. Just richer, now immune from truth and justice.
Indeed, there remains the arrogance that nearly taunts indictment, bragging about violating laws and treaties. Tellingly, this petty tyrant whined his worst moment was being called a "racist" so much for body bags, quagmires, trillions squandered, a planet abused, topped of by what rightfully should be called for all time, the Great Bush Recession. I wonder if his hurt feelings matched what Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame felt, pulverized for being good citizens, or that myriad of correct critics impugned as traitors.
First Joke, at GOP's Expense
And yet, by my take, there's a terrific joke underway, as his ill-timed entrance stings his own party bosses who, at great expense, just bought House control. Barely beyond gloating and dreams of Republican redemption, in marches the world's major nemesis, arguably the prime reason Democrats hold the power they still do. And the Smirker had to be dissuaded NOT to start hawking BEFORE the election. Perfect timing for a brain that doesn't sweat the small stuff, or the big stuff, or anyone else's stuff.
So, eager, post-election Republicans elbowed each other to the microphone, saying, "Aren't we now the reliable ones, principled, trustworthy, and ready for primetime leadership? Especially vs. that failed liberal-social -- hell, no -- socialist "experiment" defiling the White House." Moments after crawling from their premature grave, think how Bush diluted the GOP message, boasting they bring what Obama lacks: 1) backbone (compromise, hell, no), 2) clear agendas (cut taxes, spending, health care), and 3) unshakeable principles (that government is best which obeys least, except for rightwing demands).
Heeee's Back, Smirking & Unruffled