Thursday, November 17, 2005

Manufactured indignation

So Bush and Cheney are on the offensive, fighting back after repeated charges questioning their honesty.

"And the suggestion that's been made by some US senators that the president of the United States or any member of this administration purposely misled the American people on pre-war intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city," said Cheney, who's looking a lot like British actor Alistair Sim (the original Scrooge) these days.

Ignoring the validity of such charges, I'm struck by the timing of the administration's response. Democrats, mostly, have been making these accusations for much of the year. This is nothing new.

Why, then, the sudden outrage from Bush and Cheney? Were they just sitting on their anger all these many months? Certainly their reticence wasn't a mistake (considering they're above such human failings).

Might this have something to do with falling poll numbers? Maybe a lesson should be learned, that he who patronizes the American public (by refusing to engage in an honest discussion separating expectations and optimism from reality) will suffer the residual fallout, even if it is generated, in part, from hypocritical flip-floppers.


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