By Mike Whitney
Big Brother Bush has finally descended into the hell of public scorn and degradation. The once-mighty George 2, the War President, who towered over the global landscape after 9-11, has slumped into disrepute with the popularity-meter resting on empty.
Oh dear. Just 29% approval.
Dont believe it? The fury of the masses is silently brewing just below the surface. The specter of violence is quite real.
Bushs popularity is now somewhere below Nixons and just above venereal disease; the perfect spot for a draft-dodging poseur whose bravado cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis.
As if things couldnt get any worse for the Decider, Karl Rove has just been indicted on charges of perjury.
How will the bad news affect Bushs fragile psyche?
Will he finally crack and bolt himself inside the Capital bell-tower; grimacing and spitting at the passers by? Or will he simply wear a path in the Oval Office rug pacing back and forth like a caged hyena?
Rove is the one indispensable star in the Bush firmament. Its Rove who stitched together the Bush persona; carefully blending religious zeal with Reagans rustic chumminess. Rove is the force behind our Betsy-McCall president. Hes the guy who dresses him up to lark about in military jumpsuit or to play a working class hero in flannel shirt and chainsaw. Its Rove who perfected the pallid-faced hologram that appears whenever one turns on the TV. He chiseled Bush out of wormwood producing a character that looks to have the full range of human emotions with the exception of compassion. Without Rove, junior would still be snoozing peacefully on a barstool in Abilene rather than raining down hellfire on peaceful Muslim countries.
Now, the shadow-president is going down; clapped in leg-irons and frog-marched to the Washington hoosegow. Dont expect Karen Hughes to fill the big shoes Karl Rove leaves behind..
The inescapable force of public contempt has fallen on the White House like a darkening storm-cloud. The neocon master-plan is unraveling like a spool of yarn skittering across the kitchen floor.
Bush has insinuated corruption into every molecule of the body politic. The torture and violence have removed any claim of legitimacy or moral authority. The social contract has been hacked into small bits and left to feed the crows. The government is now entirely powered by hubris and brute force, the sustenance of tyranny.