Keith Olbermann has yet another very strong special comment; this time about presidential lying. Even during this week of sick IM jokes, Olbermann manages to keep his eye on the political ball.
While the leadership in Congress has self-destructed over the revelations of an unmatched, and unrelieved, march through a cesspool …
While the leadership inside the White House has self-destructed over the revelations of a book with a glowing red cover …
The president of the United States — unbowed, undeterred and unconnected to reality — has continued his extraordinary trek through our country rooting out the enemies of freedom: the Democrats.
Yesterday at a fundraiser for an Arizona congressman, Mr. Bush claimed, quote, “177 of the opposition party said, ‘You know, we don’t think we ought to be listening to the conversations of terrorists.’”
The hell they did.
Olbermann again manages to watch not the theater but remains interested in the political realities. George Bush is still telling his supporters that he is trying to keep the country together, he is a uniter not a divider. I’m sure he has decided this because there certainly isn’t any evidence to this effect. Bush still pushes the lie that Democrats are, if not in league with terrorists, at least tacitly allowing them to threaten America.
I wish I could determine whether Bush really believes what he’s saying or whether it is just Rovian spin. I keep going from one position to another.
There is the new book by Bob Woodward, well summarized by John Dickerson in Slate, showing Bush simply in denial. Woodward paints a picture of Bush listening to people who don’t listen. Rumsfeld is an excellent example. Rumsfeld always thinks he’s right and, even though this is his second stint as Defense Secretary, doesn’t seem think people in uniform are intelligent. Real people do politics not reality – especially not in uniform. Bush only accepts information about the DoD from Rumsfeld, Chaney and co. This filter separates Bush from any possible realistic understanding of what is actually happening.
I wonder if he is in denial or specifically chooses whom to listen to. I think this is Olbermann’s take. Bush has repeatedly had the opportunity to listen to more centrist and realistic opinions. Tommy Franks, Colin Powell even his father seem more based in the world than in the fantasies pushed by the hawks and religious right. Bush simply refuses to listen. It gets worse. Bush is pushing America farther from it’s origins. Attempting to create a theocratic, autocratic government far from the democratic principles he so claims to protect. Is this his agenda or is he merely a puppet? I don’t know.
The only time Bush attempted to find a realistic solution to a problem he truly understands, immigration, he failed. Miserably. The ‘solution’ passed by a do-nothing Congress won’t be successful and is worse than doing nothing. It will cost money and will likely cost lives – even if not American.
Woodward quotes Bush as saying that he will stay the course in Iraq even if the only people supporting him are Laura and Barney – Barney being his dog. If you listen closely to the interview Woodward gave on 60 Minutes, Bush even seems to have lost Laura’s support. Soon the only American in favour of George Bush’s course in Iraq is a dog. This is telling.
The American public needs to keep presidential actions under a microscope. Even now while other issues are being pushed to the forefront. At least Keith Olbermann has remained focused.