Friday, August 31, 2007

Bad Rats and Sick Ships

(The Warners of Virginia)As anticipated, the articles on Larry Craig's resignation have begun. We won't have to wait long. Less anticipated is that leading Republican Senator John Warner has announced that, like Dennis Hastert, he's had his fill of Washington and will not be seeking another term. Warner is one of the Republicans I support. His departure will be a loss for the senate. At 80, perhaps he's old and tired. Then again, perhaps the state of the situation has become so intolerable he just can't do it anymore. Remember, Warner returned from Iraq recently and suggested we start getting out of there by this Christmas.

While the GOP will massacre Craig and easily retain the seat, the task of retaining Warner's seat is far more challenging. Very popular and right there we have Mark Warner, well liked former governor of the state. Hillary, suggests the grapevine, has Warner in mind as a VP. That may have just changed. If Mark Warner runs for this seat and does not slip, he will be Virginia's next Senator.

Rat Gonzo leaves in a couple weeks, and today was Rat Rove's last day at the White House. He leaves a GOP boat that is taking on water and a presidency on the brink of oblivion, referring to nuclear holocausts. Play that lunacy out. Iran gets the bomb. Who do they nuke? The United States? No.

Israel.

What happens next? Spacecraft will have to be modified to navigate the chunks of Iran around the space station. Iran doesn't know this? Yeah, they have a kook in charge, but that country is actually rather intelligent if the government would get out of the way.

Sirocco posted a Congressional Exodus story recently, noting that Deborah Price, R-Ohio, and Chip Pickering, R-Mississippi, won't be seeking re-election either.

The GOP ship is not sinking, but it is infected. The president's speeches this week paint continued obstinacy and denial. He does whatever Lord Cheney tells him to do, but they keep crafting different reasons for doing it, and he is starting to lose his generals. The sequence of events follow murky forces and pressures that require time. Still, when situations meet certain tipping points, a lot can happen quickly.

In Stephen King's The Stand, one of the military characters states, "If the center does not hold, everything falls apart."

Someone much smarter than than most elected officials wrote in The Perfect Drug, "Without you, everything falls apart."

As far as I can tell, the GOP has lost its center. At a July 4th Bush rally in North Carolina on public grounds, two individuals wearing T-shirts with anti-Bush statements were arrested for "trespassing", handcuffed, and thrown in jail. They made phone calls that produced phone calls, and the ACLU got them out of jail and filed suit. The judge tossed the bogus trespassing charge, and the federal government settled for $80,000.

The topic to which Bush's entire address spoke, Freedom of Speech.

Freedom of Speech, unless of course, you want to say something our president does not want to hear.

6 Comments:

Blogger Liza said...

What I don't understand, x4mr, is how anyone could think that things will improve if AIPAC's candidate, Hillary Clinton, is elected. I predict a more or less seamless transition from whatever debacle is in progress at the end of the reign of Kind George.

And Congress? Lame. Most of the white men in Congress (and it is mostly white men) couldn't count their own balls and come up with the same number twice in a row.

Democrat? Republican? What will the difference be in 2009 with Hillary running the show?

8/31/2007 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Scarlett Letter said...

And Tony Snow bowed out today. He looked like hell at his annuncement. He said some weeks ago he needed more money and planned to leave before end of administration. Guess he's never lived outside the East Coast media starlight where the rest of us manage to survive on $30L to $40 K a year, as long as we didn't take out an ARM and max out our credit cards.
I am sorry he is battling cancer -- that's one battle he may not win.
May God be with him and his family.

8/31/2007 8:32 PM  
Anonymous the doctor said...

I need to be quick because my wife doesn't like it if I blog this late. She is watching TV.

Liza,

You are so resigned. I hope you are wrong. Sadly, I have no argument to forward against your views.

On a lighter note, anyone who read this story without clicking on the "last day" link is missing a lot.

That link is fantastic. Hah!

Oh, I gotta go.

8/31/2007 10:15 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Doctor,
Indeed, my cynicism has reached a new level which is somewhat astonishing even to me.

9/01/2007 7:40 AM  
Blogger Art Jacobson said...

Liza..
I'm just edging back into the Blogworld after a rather depressed and depressing summer.

I absolutely share your sense that Hillary will effect no great change
in the political status quo. If she's the candidate I'll certainly vote for her, but I'm giving neither time nor money to any Democrat who doesn't recognize that we have become a two-class nation profoundly in need of radical reform.

At the very minimum...minimum.. this would mean single payer health care and the repeal of Republican tax cuts.

9/02/2007 8:45 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Hey Art!

Welcome!

I concur with your sentiments, and sorry to hear you had a depressing summer. If you've been reading, you know that I had a horrible winter and spring.

I hope things are improving for you.

I think things are really starting to implode at the White House, and that many in the GOP are in trouble. For me, the jury's out.

9/02/2007 12:11 PM  

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