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16 October 2006

Does Bush Have A Base To Stand On?

The Current President once claimed to be a uniter, not a divider. And it's becoming increasingly clear. From Joseph Heller's Catch 22:
Colonel Cathcart: "I have a happy facility for getting people to agree."

Ex-PFC Wintergreen: "He has a happy facility for getting people to agree what a prick he is."

But I'm not talking about the other 96% of the Earth's population. How many people is that in the United States, in this year of mid-term elections?

I don't pretend to know. I have heard and read various numbers from various sources. The numbers suggest that 30 to 60 percent of the US population are tired of the sideshow war, and would like to see some kind of resolution beyond "Stay The Course".

But it's a tough day for the Cheney/Bush regime when their former staffers and old-guard party hacks keep telling them they make as much sense as a football bat.

First there was Paul O'Neill, the former treasury secretary, who wrote a book entitled The Price of Loyalty. Heavily critical of the Mayberry Monarch's decision-making process, it suggested that the united front presented by the administration in its rush to war was somewhat cracked.

Now Karl Rove's spirit brother from the seventies and eighties, the man who pioneered direct mail for the Republicans, who believes in Republicanism with his entire being, has slagged the current crop.

Richard Viguerie wrote in 2004:
"Put the four alternative media together -- direct mail, talk radio, cable news TV, and the Internet -- and you can appreciate why the liberals are on the run. They have seen the Four Horsemen at the conservative Apocalypse."
Now he seems to have had another little think:
"Just as the Jews in the Old Testament had to wander through the desert for forty years until that generation of immoral, corrupt leaders had passed away, I think Republicans are going to have to wait for this generation of leaders -- and many of them are, in my opinion, corrupt and immoral -- to pass from the scene before we can get to the political promised land."
But the apostasy of True Believers doesn't end there. And we mean True Believers. David Kuo, formerly of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, has just released another book. Previous efforts focused on the idea of "Transforming America" through Fundameltalist Christianism.

Now, though, Kuo has published a book revealing the hypocrisy of the Bush administration towards Christians in general, and particularly their support base of Evangelicals.

Given that the Christian right probably single-handedly accounted for Bush's scraping a three-million vote majority (well, them and Diebold), this seems like the highest form of ingratitude and betrayal.

Not that I disagree with the regime's asessment of the major figures in the Christian Conservatism movement:
Specifically, Kuo says people in the White House political affairs office referred to Pat Robertson as "insane," Jerry Falwell as "ridiculous," and that James Dobson "had to be controlled."
But then again, I didn't have to rely on their support to get elected.

If these, the true Princes of the Blood, are losing faith in Dubya's pretty hate machine, is it possible to hope that the Democrats might get some of those fifteen seats they need to grab a majority in the House?


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