Okay. Friedman writes a fine piece:
How could there still be 29 percent of the people who approve of this presidency?…I think a lot of Americans in recent months have simply lost confidence in this administration’s competence and honesty…Is there no job in this administration that is too important to be handed over to a political hack? No…And that is the core of the matter: the Bush team believes in loyalty over expertise. When ideology always trumps reality, loyalty always trumps expertise.
Nice hook, heart in the right place, good examples, etc. But what gets me about these kinds of pieces is that it’s been obvious since Day 1 what DB’s m.o. has been and the American press gave him such a long honeymoon that you have respected columnists writing pieces like this NOW, almost 6 yrs into this dark age and two years into his second sham term!
It’s just a fucked up time in our great land’s history and it’s frustrating as hell. The bottom line is that you have one side of the Political Spectrum that’s playing a fucked up game and it forces the entire spectrum — the press, the other side of the aisle, the electorate — to play along. And it’s the Shameless Right Wing that’s making up all the rules as they go along, so even when they fail miserably they win. They bulldoze their way through the legislative process, upsetting every applecart along the way. They start wars based on obviously bogus “intelligence” and then badly misjudge the outcome. By insisting that it’s all perfectly normal (if not downright heroic) and by doing so in an arrogant, condescending manner, and by refusing to ever publicly question themselves or their ideology, they force the rest of the PS to
take them seriously. They don’t even take themselves seriously. They know full well that they’re only trying to buy more time until somehow, some way the ends will finally justify their means. They hold fast to their ideology like zealots. But are they really zealots or have they finally reached that point where they’re just hoping they get lucky and some of the fucked-up shit that they’ve gotten the world into will just work itself out in the end? Is the neo-con ideology so comprehensive and forward-looking that it still has pat answers to the tangled questions that come up once nothing else before has worked?
Of course, it doens’t hurt that they have 1) a Spineless, Sycophantic Legislative Majority that has completely bought into a culture of corrupt 21st century Confucianism; 2) a wealthy media baron 100% on board — I guess it only takes one; 3) an opposition party that can’t bring itself to fight back by the same rules (i.e. lie shamelessly, brazenly, and constantly) and thus, six years on, is still a completely baffled, blindsided deer in the headlights — a change of mascot is definitely in order; 4) a socially polarized electorate (including, of course, a burgeoning evangelist movement bent on hero-worship) ripe for the SRW’s divide-and-conquer, scorched-earth strategy; and 5) a political system that requires only a solid, unflinching 40% base of support for this strategy to work. Hell, even now, with every hill and vale of the American political landscape in ruins and the SRW seemingly on the run in the polls, I can’t escape the feeling that if they get JUST ONE THING RIGHT in the next five months, they’ll be able to pump it enough to keep their SSLM afloat and buy another two full years. Just one administrative success story in six years will be enough to stay alive and try to build momentum for a run at another 4-8 more.