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Thursday, September 08, 2005

They're baaaack...

The Bush attack machine is back in full-throated cry after being temporarily knocked off their game by their own inepititude. The problem with this country, they say, is that Democrats won't roll over and die. Even there they have it wrong, but hey...

The Bush Propaganda Machine sent Darth Cheney down to the Levee to praise Bush and good 'ol boy Brownie at FEMA. Cheney, who never met a lie he couldn't utter (my personal favorite, given the circumstances, was the claim that only the GOP could protect America from a terrorist strike). And of course everyone is attacking Hillary for daring to speak up and speak the truth. Gestapo tactics in the halls of the West Wing, I guess.

The Washington Post's Dan Balz draws on history and looks at Bush's ability to divide the nation even while lying famously by saying he was "a uniter not a divider." Balz catalogues the moves the Bush made to widen the breech: moving a hard right agenda after a questionable if not illegitimate 2000 election; feigning bipartisanship by picking off a Democrat here and there on tax cuts; and most famously, the No Child Left Behind Law; and of course demonizing Democrats and liberals as obstructionists when they did not roll over 100 percent.

The biggest question is whether anyone is still buying this. Polls indicate the same old partisan divide is there with Elephants loving their boy and Donkeys unimpressed by his Gulf rescue and recovery efforts.

It's still way too early to say for sure what will happen in 2008, let alone next year. But it is interesting to recall they words of a laregly invisible Democrat these days as we watch the most dramatic example yet of the Two Americas. Where are you John Edwards?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how you missed out on Edwards' statement after Katrina, which very thoughtfully put into words the sentiments of many Americans.

Read it here:

A Harsher Example of Two Americas: Katrina

Also check out the following article that sums up his assessment of Bush's handling of the situation and his current work on poverty (which he has been working on since the election):

Edwards drives poverty discussions

September 09, 2005 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Edwards has not really been largely "invisible." If you keep track, he has visited about 30 states since the election: fundraising for democrats and meeting with people living in poverty and the organizations helping them in preparation for his poverty research center which was formally launched yesterday.

You can keep up with his work and words at his website:

Btw, I like your blog!

September 09, 2005 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I messed up the link:

September 09, 2005 12:25 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

I missed the Edwards statements because I've seen very little mention of him in the papers I read of scan and that's a pity. And of course as soon as I wrote that, I see him with Aaron Brown on CNN. I'm glad to see he is out there. He continues to intrigue me and I want his voice to be heard.

September 09, 2005 4:11 AM  

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