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Friday, October 28, 2005

Miers debacle, Photoshop 'till you drop

Bye-bye Harriet. Bush was handed a golden opportunity to save face by accepting the premise that insistent calls for the release of legal documents prepared by Miers during her 5-year White House tenure would "undermine a president's ability to receive candid counsel". What a crock. The WaPo's Charles Krauthammer saw this ploy coming as early as a week ago. I would have more respect for Bush if he just went on TV and said, "You know what? I screwed up", but we’ll hear that come out of his mouth when pigs sprout wings. Admitting failure has not been a hallmark of this administration. Personally, I prefer Scott Ott's explanation better:
Miers Withdraws To Spend More Time With Humans

Harriet Miers today withdrew her name from consideration as a Supreme Court Justice so she could “spend more time with family and friends, and just humans in general.”

“During the weeks since my nomination,” said Miss Miers, “as I made the rounds on Capitol Hill, I have missed the fellowship of human beings that I enjoyed on earth. So, I’m returning to the mother planet.”

Miss Miers said her withdrawal was also prompted by a desire “to pursue other interests…like picking at my cornea with a dental instrument.”

The wise thing for Bush to do now would be to make sure the next candidate is someone of unquestioned devotion to constitutional ideals rather than to any individual, party or "wing" of the political spectrum – but don’t count on it. Instead, look for Bush to try to appease the ruffled feathers on the right by picking someone with solid conservative credentials. Unfortunately, this will all but guarantee a divisive political fight, just what America needs right now. The Supreme Court belongs to all of us, red and blue states alike, and Bush should make his selection accordingly.

Meanwhile, you’ve no doubt heard about the flap over the doctored Condoleeza Rice photo on the USA-today web site. I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you. Those nasty editors took this revealing natural photo of Condi (below):

and altered it to make her evil demon eyes appear "normal":

Good Heavens, has the press no shame? Everyone knows she is the She-Beast From Hell, so why beat around the, er, Bush?

Next thing you know, they'll be telling us this isn't a real picture of Rummy:


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