Daily Kos: State of the Nation front page 8/15

Cheers and Jeers: Monday
by Bill in Portland Maine
Mon Aug 15th, 2005 at 07:39:18 CDT


Ahhhhh, sweet vacation...

"President Bush talked tough today. He said he's not backing out, he's staying the course for as long as it takes. He's in it for the long haul. Not Iraq---his 5-week vacation."
--Jay Leno
"President Bush is at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and here's the good news: he says he will only stay until Crawford is capable of self rule."
--David Letterman

"President Bush is now in the second week of his five-week vacation down there in Crawford, Texas. He's been taking a lot of criticism for this long vacation and his aides say he has his laptop with him so he can still play Solitaire and Minesweep---so it's business as usual."
--Jay Leno

"In a radio speech this weekend Bush said, 'I will not be satisfied until every American who wants to work can find a job.' Then Bush went back to his five-week vacation."
--Conan O'Brien

"President Bush is on a five-week vacation. From what?"
--David Letterman

"And while President Bush was out of town Hillary Clinton stopped by the White House on Friday for an important meeting with her decorator."
--Jay Leno

The monkey in Maine is back and I'm here to dance for you. Cheers and Jeers starts in There's Moreville... [Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
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Getting on with his life
by kos
Mon Aug 15th, 2005 at 00:37:18 CDT

Bush is annoyed that Cindy Sheehan is forcing him to think about the families his actions are destroying.

President Bush, noting that lots of people want to talk to the president and "it's also important for me to go on with my life," on Saturday defended his decision not to meet with the grieving mom of a soldier killed in Iraq.

I couldn't give a shit if Bush is healthy. And I'd be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt if he had made at least one "good, crisp decision".

What Bush fears is considering the consequences of his actions. Because even his own people are coming to terms with the multitudes of bad, shitty decisions.

The Bush administration is significantly lowering expectations of what can be achieved in Iraq, recognizing that the United States will have to settle for far less progress than originally envisioned during the transition due to end in four months, according to U.S. officials in Washington and Baghdad.

So Casey and 2,047 US and allies have died to establish an anti-women, anti-Israel, terrorist-harboring Islamic regime that is actually less free than Saddam's Iraq. How the hell they managed that is beyond belief, incompetence of breathtaking proportions. And nearly four Americans are dying every day to help establish Iran's new client state.

But Cindy needs to understand -- Bush is ready to move on. The hell with all the families of the dead, wounded, divorced, and mentally messed up thanks to his war. He's got a Little League game to attend.

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Corruption isn't a partisan issue
by kos
Mon Aug 15th, 2005 at 00:11:58 CDT

Some day, once the current GOP dominance collapses under the weight of their corruption, we'll have Dems playing the same dirty game. Republicans rally around their sleaziest bad-government practicioners, as we know the elephant flies above the Stars and Stripes to the typical Bush/DeLay apologist.

The moral imperative behind a "clean government" crusade is self-evident. But there's also a practical reason to oppose corruption even amongst Democrats -- it's a sure-fire way to lose elections. Rampant Democratic corruption cost us Congress in 1994, and we've yet to recover. And continued Democratic corruption has made House Dems wary of charging ahead with the "corruption" theme to hard, lest some of the current members get snared in the web.

Good. Let those who sit in Congress enriching themselves go down. They are supposed to be doing the people's business, not their own. Unlike the GOP apologists, I consider corruption a non-partisan issue. I'd like to see them all thrown out with the Capitol trash...

Rove Lied to FBI; Ashcroft Under Cloud
by mcjoan [Subscribe]
Sun Aug 14th, 2005 at 22:52:30 CDT

(From the diaries -- Plutonium Page. What ethical behavior! That was sarcasm, btw.)

The folks at Talk Left clue us in on crack investigative reporter Murray Waas's latest find, appearing in tomorrow's Village Voice.

The key components of the story: Justice Department officials believed that Rove was lying during one of his first interviews with investigators. What's more, the federal investigators were "deeply concerned" that Ashcroft received personal briefings about the investigation, including the details of at least one FBI interview with Rove.

The same sources said Ashcroft was also told that investigators firmly believed that Rove had withheld important information from them during that FBI interview. Those concerns by senior career law enforcement officials regarding the propriety of such briefings continuing, as Rove became more central to the investigation, also was instrumental in the naming of special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald....

What Happens If Cindy Sheehan Goes to Washington, D.C.?
by Armando
Sun Aug 14th, 2005 at 15:24:51 CDT

Jeff Feldman identifies the main reason Cindy Sheehan has captured the nation's imagination:

Rather than extending America's focus on Presidential lies, the meteoric rise of Cindy Sheehan to the top of the headlines shifted our attention to a 'grieving mother.' Curiously, this shift seems to have happened despite the fact that Sheehan's personal writings and public statements tried to intensify the national focus on the President's lies and refusal to meet with her. So what is the bottom line of the Sheehan protest? What did the Sheehan week achieve? In broad terms, the success of the 'grieving mom' phrase indicates that Americans are now thinking about the War in Iraq through the frame of the family, rather than thinking about Iraq through the frame of 'terrorism' or 'ideology.'

I think that is right and I think it raises an interesting question - what happens if Cindy Sheehan follows Bush when he returns to Washington, D.C? We have all watched as the country has turned against the Iraq Debacle. And this has happened without the emergence of a visible anti-war movement in the classic sense. And as atrios conjectured a few months ago, maybe because of the absence of a visible Vietnam-style anti-war movement.

But Jeff hits on something here, and raises a different type of possibility -- a visible anti-war movement centered around a broad-based unassailable concern, a mother's concern for her children. If Cindy Sheehan travels to Washington, D.C., maintains her focus on the family costs of the Debacle, and to the Common Good of the country, it will have a great chance of resonating in a way a more traditional anti-war movement might not....

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