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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

PR offensive

Say what you will about the Bush political operation but they are not willing to go to the well too often. And as for Democrats, they're just plain not willing.

The president and his minions continue to try to talk their way out of the highly questionable policy of domestic surveillance. First you had Karl Rove issue his regular blast at Democrats as soft on terrorism. (Let's see, it '50s speak, would that be terro-symp? Or Osama-symp?)

Follow that up with a general defending his agency against the brutish attacks against good patriotic Americans trying to do their jobs protecting us from evil-doers. Oh yeah, and throw in stuff about how this is not "domestic spying" but"terrorism surveillance."

Then, in comes W for the kill -- a personal appearance in a friendly environment to drop the ultimate red herring.
It's just such an honor to be able to tell these people that the work they do is vital and necessary, and I support them a hundred percent," Mr. Bush told reporters during a rare presidential trip to the (National Security) Agency at Fort Meade, Md., in the suburban sprawl between Baltimore and Washington.
Yep, we no good liberal scum don't respect the work they do. Memo to George: We sure do. We just wish you would make sure that what they do doesn't shred the Constitution in the process, particularly when there is a very legal way to do the same thing.

And memo to Democrats: will you please wake up and realize that a backbone will get you as much support as a position that might not be wildly popular (heck, half the country thinks Bush is wrong, isn't that enough to show some spine?)

As for me, I'm waiting for the Google Police. Can't wait to see what crazy name the Bushies come up with this piece of privacy invasion.

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