Bricks as large as Osama bin Laden's head now that he's reared it up again, reminding us that he's still here and possibly the most powerful world leader thanks to Bush's blind ambition to be Dead-Certain-in-Chief when he's been Dead-Wrong-in-Chief on everything he's touched.
The Democrats should be pouncing, leaping, frothing at the mouth for the opportunity to shout raucous, in-Bush's-face recriminations for letting the mastermind of the deadliest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor get away.
So far I haven't seen one Dem be in Bush's face about the return of bin Laden. Maybe there was and I missed it, or maybe they've waited for the campaign-laden weekend for a full frontal assault on Bush, and let him have it squarely between his beady little eyes over his failure to "git bin Laden, dead or alive."
Bin Laden and his tape have been "breaking news" for more than 24 hours. How something can be breaking news for that long is beyond me, but there it is.
Nonetheless, Osama speaks and the whole world listens in a way that would put E.F. Hutton to shame. It wasn't only cable news that jumped to, but we can only imagine the flurry of activity and panic that coursed through every alphabetical spy agency causing them apoplexy and hundreds of overtime hours. Now that they had something "real?" to work with.
Every new, most minute nuanced aspect of the story started a renewed blizzard of "breaking news." Every aspect of the tape from how bin Laden looks to why the tape was released now has been dissected, bisected, trisected, scrutinized and pulverized for further examination from every angle by the so-called experts.
They're probably all wrong anyway, except for the very few who have spent a lifetime studying Arab ethos, traditions and deeply imbued religious philosophies.
Speculation on bin Laden's newly coifed darkened beard maybe more on the mark. But, even the guess work on that swung wildly from he's gone incognito; to he's living in a country where beards aren't the norm, so he shaved it off and rented a beard from a Hollywood studio costumer; to which brand of for-men-only hair dye he used; to the man behind the beard is an Osama impersonator, only the voice you hear is real.
Real Osama, or fake Osama; real beard or fake beard the effect is still the same. It's almost 9-11 and h-e-e-e's b-a-a-a-a-a-a-ck! Right in George W. Bush's face.
Let's face it. Bin Laden got more TV face time on Friday than Bush did. Bush and his surge; Bush sneaking into Iraq because it's so safe there and conditions are so improved that the only way to break into the place was using covert, clandestine cover; Bush and his Patreaus/non-Patreaus report; Bush and his OPEC/APEC meeting; Bush and his Austrian/Australian trip; Bush and his which way is exit stage center after an APEC photo-op.