Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Murtha, Good! You, Bad!

Oh, by the way.

Dick Cheney forgot to say something the other day when he was busy labeling as unpatriotic any American who dared to suggest that this administration manipulated the facts concerning the war in Iraq.

Namely, that he loves, loves, loves John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who called for the US to pull out of what he sees as “another Vietnam.”

That’s right. He wants to give John Murtha a big, fat, sloppy kiss because he loves him so much.

Mwah, mwah, mwah!

"He's a good man, a Marine, a patriot,” said Cheney on Monday, “and he's taking a clear stand in an entirely legitimate discussion."

They were words that curiously echoed those of his boss the other day when he said that Murtha was a fine man, a good man, a great guy whose babies he wouldn’t mind having and a great Texas Hold ‘Em player.

So, you may ask, what’s the difference between Murtha and those “dishonest and reprehensible…corrupt and shameless” types that insist that the White House “distorted, hyped or fabricated” the intelligence that supported the war? How is it that Murtha, a vet who served in the Marine Corps for 37 years, is engaged in an “entirely legitimate discussion” while anyone else is a wild-eyed, evolution-toutin’, Bin Laden-lovin’ liberal?

Look. They’re like Santa. They know if you’re bad or good. Just trust them.

It’ll be interesting to see if this new offensive (and how) manages to develop any traction. It’s classic Bush – when cornered by a deluge of facts that seem to point to your misdeeds and that would seem impossible to refute, you act offended that anyone would dare to suggest that you were dishonest. You bluff your way through because you haven’t got any cards in your hand. They’ve done it time and again and it always seems to work.

But, call me crazy, it feels like something’s different. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I think a mighty wind could be a-blowin’.

Of course, that breeze could just be the result of Republicans running to get away from Bush as quickly as possible. When next Thanksgiving rolls around, they don’t want their heads to have been the ones on the chopping block.

Who knows? Maybe a year from now, we’ll all have a lot more to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Post a Comment

<< Home