May 06, 2007
The Floater in America’s Toilet

My new congressman, Chris Murphy, recently traveled with five other House representatives — two other Democrats and three Republicans — to Afghanistan and Iraq. After their return, Bush invited them to the White House.

Last month I linked to a story giving part of Murphy’s reaction to the only president we’ve got (as Lyndon Johnson used to describe himself, when he was hip-deep in his own Big Muddy). Murphy then: “I really believe the president is much more intelligent than many people make him out to be.”

Yesterday our congressman gave a fuller after-action report during a meeting with local Democrats in the new gym at Cornwall Consolidated School. At the start he repeated, and I paraphrase pretty loosely, that the president indeed wasn’t as dumb as we might have thought. But you couldn’t prove it by what Murphy went on to say.

First off, it seems that Bush put no — zero, zip, nada — questions at all to six legislators fresh from the scene of his crimes. Whatever they might have seen or learned was evidently a matter of indifference to the Decider.

The incumbent did allow questions, however, which he answered with the same talking points he he has been parroting for years. Murphy said that Bush did this skillfully and articulately, and that he seemed to believe what he was saying.

What do you think so far? Is the president smarter than you thought or what? But wait, the evidence of a lively, engaged mind just keeps piling up. A few direct quotes from Murphy:

“He continues to have a refusal to accept any responsibility.”

“He has no ability to understand that this election had something to do with accountability.”

“He seems to miss enirely the complexities of the Sunni-Shi’ite battle…”

Oh, what the hell, why go on? This stubborn little floater isn’t going to go down America’s toilet for another 624 days no matter how hard we jiggle the handle.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 06, 2007 06:20 PM
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He'd go down the tubes fast enough if the Dems would only grasp the point, which is that only impreachment proceedings agains him and Cheney will create enough heat to force him to stop this war. In a parliamentary democracy he'd be back in Crawford long since, but since we don't have one we've got to work with the tools we've got. Like the old joke says, if you want the mule to listen you've got to get his attention. Which you can only do by slapping him up alongside the head with a two by four.

Posted by: Aitch Jay on May 7, 2007 10:06 PM

I believe the Iraq War at this point is about one thing (well, besides the oil): George W. Bush's legacy. In Bush's deluded brain, he keeps hoping that somehow Iraq will turn around and he'll be vindicated. Bush's deluded followers are hoping for the same thing---they've invested a great deal of their reputations in this fiasco of a war and they are hoping that somehow, it'll all turn out OK and they'll be vindicated in the end. But while Bush is trying to salvage his legacy, our troops (and the people of Iraq) continue to die for no reason.

Sincerely,
Marc McDonald
BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com

Posted by: Marc McDonald on May 10, 2007 12:17 AM

That might just be the best blog post title ever.

Posted by: Toast on May 10, 2007 11:36 AM

Well, thanks, Toast. We try, we try. My goal is (was?) to top Colman McCarthy, who once wrote in the Washington Post that Nixon was the dead rat on the floor of America's kitchen.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on May 10, 2007 5:41 PM
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