Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bob Herbert is NOT laughing...

While Bush is chuckling all the way to his white-only neighborhood's mansion, New York Times' Bob Herbert is shaking with indignation.

We shake and glare at the "Cretin on the Hill" with him. But are we moved enough in anger to seek some sort of justice? Can we channel the righteous meanness of the Queen of Heart toward absurdity and scream "Off with his head!" long enough to see it roll?

Do Republicans have the exclusivity in rabid, relentless hounding?
Why couldn't we muster enough support for the impeachment of a genuine crook and easily spend millions of hours and dollars trying to find which consenting adult slept with his secretary?

Remember in 2006? From Professor Smartass' blog:


Zogby Poll: Americans Support Impeaching Bush for Wiretapping
Submitted by Bob Fertik on January 13, 2006
For Release: January 16, 2006

By a margin of 52% to 43%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge's approval, according to a new poll commissioned by, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

Recently White House spokesman Scott McClellan cited a Rasmussen poll that found 64% believe the NSA "should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects." Of course, that is exactly what Congress authorized when it created the FISA courts to issue special expedited secret warrants for terrorism suspects. But Bush defied the FISA law and authorized warrantless wiretaps of Americans, which has outraged Americans to the point that a majority believe Congress should consider Bush's impeachment.

"Bush admits he ordered illegal warantless wiretapping, but says it began in response to 9/11 and was limited to a small number of calls to or from Al Qaeda," Fertik said. "But recent reports suggest wiretapping affected a much larger number of Americans, and a report in Friday's Truthout says the wiretapping began before 9/11."

Truthout article

Whatever happened to all this support?
Why couldn't the Dems channel all this anger to fight the Repugs?
Are they really just there for show??

Add Up the Damage

Published: December 29, 2008

Does anyone know where George W. Bush is?

Bob Herbert

You don’t hear much from him anymore. The last image most of us remember is of the president ducking a pair of size 10s that were hurled at him in Baghdad.

We’re still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel is thrashing the Palestinians in Gaza. And the U.S. economy is about as vibrant as the 0-16 Detroit Lions.

But hardly a peep have we heard from George, the 43rd.

When Mr. Bush officially takes his leave in three weeks (in reality, he checked out long ago), most Americans will be content to sigh good riddance. I disagree. I don’t think he should be allowed to slip quietly out of town. There should be a great hue and cry — a loud, collective angry howl, demonstrations with signs and bullhorns and fiery speeches — over the damage he’s done to this country.

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