May 5, 2004

This Morning's Rant

You know it's bad when you're cursing at the TV at 7am. But, damn it, I was fuming! It was the usual tag team interview -- one Republican former campaign guy, and one Democrats former campaign guy. The Dem was frickin unbelievable!

Here's a brief recap:

1) The abuse of the Iraqi prisoners is George Bush's personal responsibility, a responsibility he's trying to avoid.

2) The President shouldn't be campaigning because it's not "Presidential" and he should be in D.C. because he's "out of touch", and he should be dealing with all his failed policies.

3) He shouldn't be meeting with regular folk on the bus tour because he should be in D.C. because -- wait for it -- he's "out of touch".


Deep breath.


Posted by Ithildin at May 5, 2004 8:53 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Ain't that the truth! Personally, I've been taking so many deep breaths lately, I'm hyperventilating about half the time!

Posted by: Schotzie at May 5, 2004 10:28 AM

Some sort of odd political Lamaze :)

Posted by: Ith at May 5, 2004 12:10 PM

The President should be campaigning, and he should be out meeting people.

That said - "the buck stops here". The leader of any enterprise is responsible for the conduct of that enterprise. Bush is responsible for the torture, and he is responsible for fixing it. That's what it means to be President. (And yes, similarly, Clinton was responsible for Waco).

Posted by: aphrael at May 5, 2004 12:24 PM

It doesn't whether Bush is in DC or on the campaign trail, since he's not running the government anyway. President Cheney is.

Posted by: Don Myers at May 5, 2004 2:29 PM

Now, I checked the calendar, and I'm sure May is "evil genius" month. June is "Cheney is President" month.

Mark your dayplanners, people!

Posted by: Ith at May 5, 2004 3:37 PM

I think we should view this war on terror as the white house wants us too. I was outraged at ABC showing the pictures and names of the dead. I don't want to think about that. That is unpleasant. I think we need to get back to core republican issues. All those left wing people want to talk about is war in Iraq, how many soilders died, blah blah blah. How can they even think about war with homosexuals marrying. We need to get back on important subjects, gays marrying, people showing breasts on tv.

Posted by: Billy Bob at May 5, 2004 5:09 PM

Does anyone think that these political hacks
really believe the tripe that they put out? I wonder because I don't see how a sane, rational
person could. But, maybe so.

Posted by: Ron Barrett at May 5, 2004 5:13 PM

Yeah, aphrael, just think of the dozens of U.S. soldiers that murder fellow Americans every year on and off U.S. bases, use drugs and steal. With hundreds of thousands of soldiers in the military, about every single crime imagineable is done every year. Every time that happens, the president should be held accountable since he knows what every single soldier all over the world is doing at every single minute.

Posted by: at May 5, 2004 7:48 PM

It's ironic how Bush isn't doing his job when he's campaigning, but nobody complains about how Senator Kerry is not doing his job while he's out campaigning.

Posted by: Tina at May 6, 2004 8:55 AM

The president should be held accountable since he knows what every single soldier all over the world is doing at every single minute.

With all due respect, the situation at Abu Ghraib is a bit different. The difference being that we went into Iraq ostensibly to help, and we have soldiers abusing and killing prisoners. Surely, the soldiers involved are responsible. They are, after all, the perpetrators. But the responsibility goes upwards on the chain, too. I can't say (nor can any of us, with certainty) how far- but it extends beyond the soldiers.

As for neither the President or Kerry doing their respective jobs, that's just stupid. It's kind of like telecommuting, yes? It's ridiculous that anyone would point out the Prez only, but it doesn't surprise me.

Posted by: Lachlan at May 6, 2004 11:03 AM

I will gain a little respect for the left when the "Bush is responsible because he was in charge" is also used for "Clinton is responsible for Waco/Ruby Ridge because he was in charge"

Posted by: gunner at May 9, 2004 1:29 PM