Pulling Out the Savoy Truffle

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The Evil That Men Do....

"All along the watchtower, princes kept the view...."
Bob Dylan

Today's column by E.J. Dionne in the Washington Post (thanks to ST's WV correspondent Steve for the tip) looks at the CBS "fake memos" debacle with a reasonable eye - at least to reasonable readers (I'm guessing my conservative friends stopped reading at either the words "E.J. Dionne" or "Washington Post," depending upon their perspicacity). Near the end, one passage in particular caught my eye:

"I'm as weary as you are that our politics veer away from what matters — Iraq, terrorism, health care, jobs — and get sidetracked into personal issues manufactured by political consultants and ideological zealots. But the Bush campaign has made clear it wants this election to focus primarily on character and leadership. If character is the issue, the president's life, past and present, matters just as much as John Kerry's."

See that first sentence? Any candidate who isn't honestly and specifically trying to speak to those issues shouldn't be elected.

Since neither of the major party candidates is doing so....

We should accept no excuses from either group.

If Karl Rove, Republican super hack, is responsible for the fake documents about Bush's service, he should be placed aboard a series of ships and never allowed to set foot in the US again, as happened to the main character in Edward Everett Hale's "The Man Without a Country."

Same for James Carville, Democratic super hack....

Occasionally CNN, Fox, and all the other "news" channels could show footage of him/her/them being transferred to a ship going out of port from a ship coming in...as an object lesson to all political hacks....

I would remind those same lowlife political weasels that Lee Atwater who engineered the same kind of "LCD" political advertisements in the '88 campaign that got Bush the Elder elected died shortly thereafter of a brain tumor.

That might have been a message...or a warning....

JB


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