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March 12, 2004

Never Misunderestimate

"I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I don't need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation."
- George W. Bush, Washington Post, 11-19-02

That Susan Lindauer, terrorist extraordinaire (aka the Bonnie Blake of the covert world) has solid Republican ties, too. I reported wondered yesterday that with the Democrat and journalism connections how long it would take before those insitutions would be tarred with guilt by association.

I didn't realize that attempt had already occured IN the reporting. She also worked for Fox News. That wasn't in the original story. She is also, apparently the cousin of WH Chief of Staff Andrew Card and, not apparently, but undeniably the daughter of John Lindauer, a former Republican canidate for governor of Alaska. Waaaaay back in, um, 1998.

(Or as DailyKos commentator Marisacat says: Another Republican Screws Up. No wonder it is being reported wrong. It would get lost in the avalanche.)

Seems these little facts were as important, especially the familial relations. But let me make myself clear - the ties themselves are equally important, that is to say, not very. I'm a Democrat and a journalist. But this isn't what I do. Capiche?

Daily Kos
has a rundown (site often loads slow) and Truthout, too.

She does sound like a loon - but last I looked that doesn't get you a federal indictment. I remain open-minded on this, though, due to me not having all the facts.

Then I posted (Let's Play Spin the Tale on the Donkey) about what a reach it was for the BushCheney campaign to go back to 1995 to talk about a Kerrey proposal that didn't even pass which would have cut $1.5 billion out of some intelligence programs (kind of like what they're doing today with M-16s and body armor).

Little did I know that Republicans at the time had actually asked for more cuts - and got them.

Holy fucking shit, batman.
In fact, the Republican-led Congress that year approved legislation that resulted in $3.8 billion being cut over five years from the budget of the National Reconnaissance Office -- the same program Kerry said he was targeting.

These are just idiotic attacks by Bush. He's only reading a script so you can't blame him for not understanding the words that are coming out if his mouth. Well, not unless you want to do something silly like hold him accountable. Read the entire story.

These are the times when I wish - like almost every political junkie blogger - that I could do this full time.

And at the time the most recent medicare bill passed we were, rightly reminded of the unprecedented (Yes that word is overused but in this case dead-on accurate) extension of the Medicare Bill vote from it's usual 15 minutes to more than two hours - just to get it squeezed through.

Arguably, the only reason it got through is because there was a relatively low price tag attached to it. About a week - maybe less - after it passed, well reality came to light. The actual figure released showed a, um, miscalculation and the real figure was some $60 billion more. Recently, the person who was told to shut up about these actual costs was "resigned." (and here).

Never misunderestimate just how much the lust for power has blinded this administration. Or more scary, that they actually believe what they are saying.

I could go over the list - WMD, rosy job estimates, etc etc. You know them. You might not remember all of them, but you know them.

This is a big reason John McCain as VP is so attractive. Look, elected officials are supposed to represent their constituents. Clearly the Democrat party does not represent all Americans and clearly Republicans fo rnot represent all Americans. No one party EVER will. So why not cross the divide. Why not go further and mix up a cabinet full of Republicans and Democrats?

I should note here that it is exremely hard not to be an echo chamber sometimes and still post things that others are going to be interested in. Yes, these points have been scrubbed at other sites. but they are important clarifications for those who don't read Atrios or Truthout or like-minded blogs.

"You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier." Describing what it's like to be governor of Texas.
(Governing Magazine 7/98)
-- From Paul Begala's "Is Our Children Learning?"

"I told all four that there are going to be some times where we don't agree with each other, but that's OK. If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator," Bush joked.
-- CNN.com, December 18, 2000

"A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it, " [Bush] said.
-- Business Week, July 30, 2001