Sunday, October 30, 2005

Mad and Madder

As I watched the Scooter Libby debacle on Friday, I realized that this country has been founded on ignorance and spin. When someone like Fitzgerald comes on the television and delineates, without pomposity or posturing, the reasons for an indictment, receives questions from his journalistic audience, and then gives carefully parsed answers that point to the true need for reticence, I see that we have been in spin city for many many years. Scooter and his crew, Cheney, Rove, Bush, Rummie, Wolfowitz, Rice...the whole kit and kaboodle, have managed to intensify the debate between thinking, skeptical, analytic people, and knee-jerk radical wingers whose only real problem with the administration is the worry that they'll appoint a somewhat moderate justice.

Dang. Where are the moderates of yesteryear? Even Collins and Snowe, my current picks for moderate Republicans, voted for the bloated energy bill. It managed to give away the store to the oil companies, while allowing FERC to be the sole arbiter of site selection for LNG terminals. Uh-oh. We KNOW that FEMA is a crony-crowded institution...think that FERC might be, also? Oh well. Despair and dejection follow the Bush administration like the dust cloud over Pigpen in Charlie Brown Comics.


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