Sunday, June 10, 2007

So, How Was Your Week?

The soft bigotry of low expectations continues to aid President Bush.

I heard Tony Blankley on KCRW's "Left, Right, and Center" say that Bush had a good week (he's the show's resident conservative, for what it's worth). Why? Because the G8 Summit wasn't a complete bust.

Ignoring even that coming out of the G8 was news that the President tried to rhetorically torpedo the European climate initiative and also his interactions with Vladimir Putin vis a vis the missile shield boondoggle had pundits talking of a new 'Cold War', there were a number of things that-- for any normal presidency-- would be considered earth-shakingly bad news.

One of his former top aides, Scooter Libby has been sentenced to a prison term. Other administration officials are either leaving or under investigation. His immigration bill has been knocked into a legislative coma. His base has finally turned on him. And, oh, that war(s) he started remains a strategic disaster. We get so many failures and scandals a day now that they begin to fade away even as they first hit the wires. I take no glee in all this depressing news, but a spade is a spade.

But, hey, he didn't cause a major international incident, so this was a truly awesome week for him and for us.


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