Just when you thought that the upcoming midterm elections and the events heralding their arrival couldn't get stranger, something new and wondrous comes speeding across the horizon like a comet on acid. It seems now, at long last, DUBYA has awakened to smell the coffee. Well, not really. Life couldn't possibly get that strange without signaling the Apocalypse. Perhaps it's better to say he wants us to THINK he's finally caught a whiff of Juan Valdez's mountain grown contribution to humanity.
Strange as it may seem, he has dropped one of his all-time favorite talking points: "stay the course". Oh yes, "stay the course" has suddenly dropped out of favor. Even Tony Snow, the White House Press Secretary has dropped that one (or was forced to drop it) from his painfully monotonous press conference droning.
You know, I have to admit I almost feel sorry for Mr. Snow. I wonder if he can sleep at night having to continuously regurgitate the pachyderm crap he is forced to relay to a room full of bored reporters. I wonder if he doesn't feel slimy having to wallow in that elephant sh*t. It can't be good for any peptic ulcers he may have.
Oh yes, as strange as it may seem, DUBYA is changing his rhetoric on the Iraq war. All indications are he isn't changing his "plans" on the war, just the way he refers to them. Now, instead of "staying the course", he's talking about a timeline. Hmm...a timeline? Really?
A timeline to what? Is he talking about a timeline to the end of the Iraq war, or a timeline to go as far as November 8? Your guess is as good as mine. So, since we would both be guessing, let me prognosticate a bit.
The Abramoff scandal just netted another Republican a few days ago. Rep Bob Ney of Ohio faces a possible ten years in prison, and he's just one in a chain of disgraced Republicans bitten by the vile sting of the Abramoff Scandal. Foleygate is plodding along as well, and it promises to expose even more Republicans to closer scrutiny than they want at this point in time. Fat Hastert just testified today, and if I read his face right, he either had some serious hemorrhoidal flair-up, or he got his ass reamed by the House Ethics Committee. David Kuo's book exposing the DUBYA administration's manipulation of the Religious Reich and their easily fleeced sheep has torn open some pretty deep wounds as well. Suffice it to say the Republican Party is more or less screwed, glued, and tattooed!
From all indications, none of these problems is going to get better before November 7. Further indications show the likelihood to be very high for a real change in congress. While I am not going to jinx that by calling it, others have, and I have to say I believe them.
DUBYA knows that many in the Republican Party are distancing themselves from him. I believe this tack of dropping the inflammatory bit of rhetoric that is "stay the course" may be his attempt to soften his edge, and make him and the Republicans appear to have a soft underbelly. With a lion's share of Americans fed up with the Iraq War, and with that war being the TOP issue on the minds of voters, he thinks that softening the rhetoric might stave off the doom. I hate to burst his bubble (ok, so I live for bursting his bubble), but the black hole is devouring the corrupted. We can all see them as they fall from the rim of the event horizon towards the dark singularity in the center. It's a pretty sight, if you ask me!
If this latest batch of drivel were anything more than a change of terminology, perhaps he might even be right about the change staving off doom. However, since he insists on following up this rhetorical change with the same old song and dance, i.e. there are no real plans on the table to pull out of Iraq anytime soon, we are "winning" in Iraq, et al., I think that his words will for once have the hollow ring to all ears which I have always heard when he speaks. That hollow sound is finally resonating in the ears of the American voter. I don't think they are buying it for one second. I know I'm not!
My friends, I have to say here and now I think this particular political ploy is perhaps the most ignorant thing that DUBYA has done in quite some time. That's really saying a lot! How can he even assume that he sounds anything but disingenuous? Oh sure, we're all used to his lies by now. We know when his lips move, there's a lie falling from them. However, this maneuver is so clearly a bullshit ploy, even those who have never seen a bullshit ploy know that's just what's happening.
Is he so devoid of the capacity for abstract thought he can't see his actions are as transparent as the space between his ears? If he can't see how clearly hypocritical this change in rhetoric is, then he shall definitely reap the whirlwind that has been waiting to swallow him for some time. I have to admit that I have been deriving a large amount of pleasure watching him trying to squirm on Iraq for the past few days. I am almost embarrassed about the feeling of glee I get from seeing him in political misery...ALMOST embarrassed.
Just a few weeks ago, DUBYA said, (paraphrased) "even if the only ones supporting me are Laura and Barney (his dog, not the purple dino-monstrosity), I'll stay the course in Iraq." Well, either Laura Is fed up and threatening divorce, or Barney, in a state of suicidal guilt, jumped from the roof of the White House. Poor Barney. It has to suck being First Dog to the First Idiot!