Monday, January 23, 2006

No doubt

"The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him,"

--White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan
regarding admitted felon Jack Abramoff

No one recalls anything. Apparently it's easy to forget a guy who is an elite Pioneer fundraiser for your last campaign a little more than a year ago. Or a guy who was on the transition team for the Department of the Interior and put in all those people to help him on the Indian casino issues. Or the guy you met at the White House numerous times and shook his hand and met his children. The guy who was the lobbyist in D.C. who was flying around the world with the Republican House Majority leader Tom Delay and Rep. Bob Ney, among others, to play golf. The guy who had hired former Delay staffers and funneled millions of dollars to Ralph Reed the boyish looking devil of the religious right. The guy who owned the infamous Signatures restaurant in Washington where the fat cats of the Hill got fatter on Kobe steak for free. The skyboxes at Washington's MCI center used to throw fundraisers while watching basketball. The decades old relationship with Grover Norquist. The guy who gave millions of dollars in "campaign contributions" to Republican Members of Congress. Oh yeah, that guy. But according to the White House, W doesn't know him and doesn't remember him.

Then the photographs of W and Abramoff surfaced. They haven't been published but Time magazine and The Washingtonian have seen them. And what does the White House say now? “He doesn’t have a personal relationship with him,” White House counselor Dan Bartlett said of Bush and Abramoff. Of course I believe the White House since they have been completely reliable in the past.

The weapons of mass destruction were a "slam dunk" in Iraq. Cheney told us "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us." What there really is no doubt about is the doubt you should have listening to anything Cheney has no doubt about. (Calling Dr. Seuss?) The war would only cost $1.7 billion and be self-funding with oil profits from Iraq; we would be welcomed as liberators; the looting was just the same vase being stolen 20 times; the insurgency were dead-enders and in its last throes and court approved warrants were required for wiretapping in the U.S. I actually think the "Mission Accomplished" banner had a small asterick with fine print to explain the "catastrophic success." (Mercifully I've left out the phony estimates of the cost of Medicare "reform," troop level pronouncements and voting rights or more accurately non-voting rights policy statements by this gang. I only have so much blog space you know.)

The denial that W didn't know Jack Abramoff and doesn't remember him reminds me of an Eddie Murphy bit explaining how far men will lie to get out from under a bad situation. After being caught in bed in the act with another woman by his girlfriend a man will even say things like "It wasn't me." That's what we can expect next from this world-class bunch of fabricators and liars. The meetings, photos and relationship between W and Abramoff will be explained away by Scott McClellan or Dan Bartlett by telling the world "it wasn't President Bush." Seems as reasonable and reliable as anything else they've told us so far. I have no doubt.


Anonymous Utah Desert Rat said...

I can't believe people still buy into this Republican B.S. about tax cuts for the rich and famous and deficit spending.

The latest economic news:

1. Ford to cut 25,000 to 30,000 jobs, idle 14 facilities. More to come.
2. GM lays off 30,000 workers nationwide.
3. All of the 2005 stock market gains wiped out in one week, Jan. 16-23, 2006.
4. Gas prices back up 20% over Fall '05 prices.
5. The value of the dollar down almost 25% compared to top international currencies.
6. U.S. health care costs increasing at 10% per year.

Explain to me, again, how this is supposed to be bringing us prosperity, stability and peace? Didn't the Reagan years already prove that "supply-side" voodoonomics was a farce? Why do voters continue to swallow this utter crap!?

10:56 AM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Because people like fantasy better than reality so the Corrupticans sell fantasy. Kids like a diet of candy rather than vegetables so the Corrupticans offer candy rather veggies. Simple marketing.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

So how much pizza does it take to buy your vote?

If the Republicrooks offer me a 52 foot Hattaras, they've got my vote for sure.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

a dozen Beach pizzas.

2:31 PM  
Blogger The Ringmaster said...

Great post, cranky. This administration has told so many blatent lies and made so many statements that have turned out to be so bogus, you have to wonder why nobody from the media has ever stood up at a Scott McClellan press conference and asked "Why the hell should we believe you?".

I'm waiting for that.

9:10 AM  
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