Back when George W. Bush was selected as the Republican candidate for President, my wife, myself, and several friends - even our Republican friends - reacted with incredulity. At the time I proposed a possible (and admittedly cynical) reason: Since everyone laughed out loud when they floated Dan Quail as a possible candidate, they went looking for another idiot they felt they could control. See, I think the current Republican party knows they can't run the power players and expect them to win, because most of them have bad reputations and long rap sheets in terms of potential links to corruption and CEO misdeeds, ala Dick Cheney, so they need a puppet who will do their bidding. It worked great with Reagan (though it appears at times he had a mind of his own), and didn't work at all with Bush the Sr. So when the time came to float a candidate, and no one would take Quail seriously, they debated who was stupid and pliable enough for the job. And someone said, "Y'know, George has a boy..."
Some folks have dismissed my theory out of hand (probably because the implications are too horrific to contemplate fully), but some have chuckled darkly and nodded with apparent acquiescence to the sadness of it being a real possibility, and not just a cynical, half-hearted conspiracy theory.
Well, members of the jury, I offer exhibit DQT8.1:
Bailiff, would you tag that and put it with the rest of the evidence? Thanks.
Friday, August 6, 2004
"Bush Misspeaks on National Defense"
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we," Bush said. "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." [My emphasis.] No one in Bush's audience of military brass or Pentagon chiefs reacted.