Saturday, October 22, 2005

Repubs In DC Are “Astonished”

WaPo had an article yesterday about how surprised lawmakers and observers in Washington, DC are that the White House confirmation process on Miers was so screwed up. It was such smooth sailing for Roberts, they are saying. The lead paragraph says, “Two months after engineering a nearly flawless confirmation process for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the Bush administration's bid to add Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has been so riddled with errors, stumbles and embarrassing revelations that some lawmakers and other observers find it hard to believe it emanates from the same White House. "I'm sort of astonished by it," said George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who has followed the nominations closely. "It's like a completely different team at the White House is handling it." Well…duh! you dimwitted assholes, Roberts was qualified and Miers isn’t. This attitude of amazement is the GOP’s problem in a nutshell. The machinery for slotting a Republican misfit and doofus into an important position is well oiled and well tested. It was assumed that if the Bush administration said “Make it so,” the Republican-controlled Congress, the stars in the heavens and God himself would align in a celestial conversion and cause the appointment to become fact. At least that is what Republicans have come to expect during the past five years. It hasn’t mattered a whit during the GWB years that a Republican tool wasn’t qualified. After all, isn’t Condoleezza Rice the Secretary of State? Wasn’t John Ashcroft the Attorney General? Didn’t Donald Rumsfeld misdirect and mismanage a two-week war into a no-end-in-sight debacle? And didn’t the alcoholic, under-achieving, lazy, ignorant, embarrassment of the Bush family become President of the United States? But now suddenly, as though everyone on Capitol Hill has awakened from a drug-induced coma, the thralldom of the GOP has ended and insiders in Washington, DC are astonished. Does this mean that Miers won’t be confirmed? Good heavens, no. Washington is still run by the morons who thought Cheney and Karl Rove would never be found out. But watching Repubs trying to act as though they can be honorable, legitimate, sincere, competent, truthful and authentic is going to be a lot of fun.

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