Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
What idiot was it who wrote the script for the Bush twins last night? From beginning to end, in spite of the weak attempts at humor, it put across the worst possible message - it showed what it means to them, and to their parents, to be a Bush.
They started out with a reference to their underage drinking and drug use, which they simply shrugged off without even a gesture in the direction of regret. Instead, they used a quote from Daddy, reminding us of his own dubious early life.
That was followed by some truly cringing humor in which they talked about deciding to involve themselves in the campaign and assuming they were entitled to start at the top. That is far too reminiscent of their own father, whose first job title was CEO, first elected office was Governor, first federal position was President.
It speaks far too honestly to the twins' view, inherited from their father, of the world. Being a Bush means privilege. And there's no need to feel a tinge of guilt over your priveleges, or worry about any silly notion that some sort of responsibility should come with them. We're simply better than the peons, and we deserve everything we have. You couldn't get more off-message than that.
The only part that was actually on-message was possibly the most transparent political theatre in recorded history, when Bush 41 and Barbara held up silly hand-painted signs saying they loved their granddaughters. Now what was the point of that? Is there one solitary human being alive who believes that George and Barb stayed up late on Monday hand-lettering those signs? Aliens from Neptune who landed Monday morning could have figured out by Tuesday night that it was fake.