Monday, August 21, 2006

Do I dare?

I was thinking of breaking my self-imposed Festus-derision embargo with this question which seemed far too interesting to resist. But I hesitated, worried that this might not rise to the level appropriate to break my long silence.

WTF, I make the rules around here. . .

Paired with this quote from some guy it seems satisfyingly complete.

It's the burning question failing to divide America.

Unlike other two-term presidents, Bush hasn't grown in office, become an old familiar whose irritating traits and lapses could be accepted almost affectionately, like Reagan's dottiness. He's demonstrably diminished, dwarfed by the reality that he continues to deny and repeating himself in press conferences like a robot whose wiring is on the fritz, for whom words and phrases are nothing more than pre-programmed units of sound.

He's more irritating and dangerous than ever before, because he doesn't know anything, doesn't know or care that he doesn't know anything, and yet persists in a path of destruction as if it were the road to salvation. It's finally dawned on responsible minds that Bush could take all of us down with him before he and the neocons are through.