Friday, July 13, 2007

Bad week for politicians

Facing South summarizes it all as well as anything I've read: Biggest Southern scandal weeks ever.
...over the last month, a veritable popcorn machine of crooked deals and moral failings have burst across the region's headlines, leaving even the most jaded politicos aghast.

And, in OpinionJournal, even Peggy Noonan has turned against the president: American Grit: We can't fire the president right now, so we're waiting it out.
I'm not referring to what used to be called Bush Derangement Syndrome. That phrase suggested that to passionately dislike the president was to be somewhat unhinged. No one thinks that anymore. reminded me of another, one a friend received some months ago: "I took the W off my car today," it said on the subject line. It sounded like a country western song, like a great lament.
...Americans have always been somewhat romantic about the meaning of our country, and the beacon it can be for the world, and what the Founders did. But they like the president to be the cool-eyed realist, the tough customer who understands harsh realities.
With Mr. Bush it is the people who are forced to be cool-eyed and realistic. He's the one who goes off on the toots. This is extremely irritating, and also unnatural. Actually it's weird.



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