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, April 19, 2006
The Wrong Problem
Recent shuffles in White House personnel illustrate the futility of trying to fix the wrong problem. The problem being addressed by changing spokesmen and playing around with titles is that, supposedly, the White House hasn't been getting its message out and that is the cause of declining poll numbers. In fact, the persistent suport for Bush of about 36% of the country, a poor number in most circumstances but a dazzling number for a President who has had such a mind-numbing string of failures and disasters on his watch, most caused by his own incompetence, illustrate that the political machinery still works pretty well. After all, in the face of overwhelming evidence of the failures of this President, at least 1/3 of the country, in most surveys a bit more, are still being fooled.
That's the reality, but obviously one the White can't admit to in public, and probably even in private. So the pathetic Scott McClellan, having long since lost all claim or title to dignity when he simply absorbed the very public humiliation of being sent out to repeat Rove and Libby's lies about the Plame leak, is given yet another humiliation and implicitly blamed for the President's dropping poll numbers. As if the real cause weren't Katrina, the continuing failure in Iraq, the increasing exposure of Bush's lies, fiscal irresponsibility, Terri Schiavo, etc.