Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Potemkin Presidency

Now that there are no more elections, Bush no longer needs his stage prop Crawford ranch:

Bush, the former Texas Rangers co-owner, does not plan to go back into sports but will earn money through paid speeches, friends say. While keeping the ranch in Crawford, Bush is also buying a house in Dallas to be near the library and the institute. He talked about it during a recent fund-raiser in Houston that was closed to reporters but was surreptitiously videotaped by a guest who slipped it to a local television station.

“We’ve got a housing issue,” Bush told the donors before adding mischievously, “evidently not in Dallas, because Laura’s over there trying to buy a house today.”

The crowd laughed. “What about Crawford?” someone shouted.

“I like Crawford,” Bush replied. “Unfortunately, after eight years of asking her to sacrifice, I am now no longer the decision maker. She’ll be deciding, thanks for the suggestion. I suggest you don’t yell it out when she’s here. I did tell her, I said: ‘Honey, we’ve been on government pay now for 14 years. Go slow!’ ”

One of the phoniest, consultant-manufactured people ever to run for public office was passed off, for years, as an "authentic", "regular guy." It's one of the greatest con jobs in history, and like the best con jobs, planted seeds that grew into other cons, like the Iraq War and a massive, upwards redistribution of wealth under the guise of "tax relief." The last seed of this con that might sprout is McCain's campaign.