Sunday, November 12, 2006

Who's to Blame?

I’m sure you’re as amused as I am that SWAC Girl and her pals continue to blame the “mainstream media” for the defeat of George Allen (and everything else that ails them, apparently), instead of recognizing that the reason George Allen lost is that he is the faux-cowboy clone (and erstwhile bootlicker) of George W. Bush, the worst president in the history of the United States. I’m pretty sure that had a lot to do with it.

Here’s a paragraph from Hendrik Hertzberg’s column in the The New Yorker:
“There’s a lively debate among historians over the question of whether the record of the forty-third President, compiled with the indispensable help of a complaisant Congress, is the worst in American history or merely the worst of the sixteen who managed to make it into (if not out of) a second full term. That the record is appalling is by now beyond serious dispute. It includes an unending deficit—this year, it’s $260 billion—that has already added $1.5 trillion to the national debt; the subcontracting of environmental, energy, labor, and health-care policymaking to corporate interests; repeated efforts to suppress scientific truth; a set of economic and fiscal policies that have slowed growth, spurned inequality, replenished the ranks of the poor and uninsured, and exacerbated the insecurities of the middle class; and on Capitol Hill, a festival of bribery, some prosecutable (such as the felonies that have put one prominent Republican member of Congress in prison, while another awaits sentencing), some not (such as the reported two-million-dollar salary conferred upon a Republican congressman who became the pharmaceutical industry’s top lobbyist immediately after shepherding into law a bill forbidding the government to negotiate prices for prescription drugs.)”
Nah, that could have had anything to do with it. Could it?

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