Monday, August 15, 2005

Belly Up To The Whiskey Bar

Billmon's on the House:
At another time of the year -- or another time in my life -- watching a senile old pervert like Bill O'Reilly or a brainless fraud like Michelle Malkin trading insults about a Gold Star mother standing in a ditch outside Shrub's dude ranch might have been enough to drive me into either a blind, homicidal rage or a stark, dying-of-the-light depression. Or maybe both -- thus validating my post-Columbine decision to get rid of all my firearms.

But it's way too hot to get angry and the whole mise-en-scene is way too absurd for despair. I mean, what could be more preposterous than the sight of the mighty GOP propaganda war machine -- built up with such effort and at such great cost -- aiming all its guns at one bereaved, 48-year-old mother camped by the side of the road in Crawford, Texas? The same massive tank that once crushed Senators and presidential candidates with such effortless ease is now practically busting a tread trying to turn this face into an enemy of the people:

There's a kind of comical desperation about it -- like watching cartoon elephants dance in hysterical fear at the sight of a cartoon mouse. I said recently that the Rovians attack what they fear most. And when your greatest fear is the mother of a combat soldier who wants to ask the president why her son had to die in Iraq, you know you've got some serious PR problems.


At this point, to call the Commander in Chief detached from reality would be an insult to paranoid schizophrenics everywhere. Not just from the reality of failure in Iraq -- that's a given -- but from the political reality that public support for the war, and more particularly, for his handling of it, is in something close to free fall.

Without a 'chute, I hope.


At 5:31 AM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

When they're down to smearing a dead soldier's mom, they're down pretty low.

At 7:32 AM, Blogger ScottW said...

Right On, you can make a politician look bad, or a blog, or a the media, but even the most brainwashed wingers are sympathetic to Cindy.
It doesn't hurt that she has a way with words either.

At 7:01 PM, Blogger Drunken Proletariat said...

I have a son at 22 years of age. I do not accept that his life would be worth sacrificing to remove the many 'Saddams' of the world. May all the mothers, ( and fathers ) like her rise up and help stop the madness.


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