…and are you in any way, shape, or form surprised? Has anything in the last six years suggested to anyone in the Coalition of the Sane that the Bush/Cheney Administration has any sense of shame or propriety? Of course not.
It should be clear that this administration will do anything and everything it can get away with. Bush now appears to have ‘accepted’ his 28% approval ratings, and won’t try to do anything to raise them.
The group that I’m truly disappointed in is the Democrats. They still seem to think that if they point out El Jefe Maximo’s outrageous and illegal behavior that the people will rise up. Well, they already did that. It was called the 2006 election. Now the Democrats have to deliver. Congressional investigations are dandy, but at some point, the administration has to be confronted and stopped because the administration has no internal checks.
The Democrats always seem to be two years behind the times. In 2008, no one will care about little programs or passing a successful agenda. The issues will be Iraq, and the general direction of the country. Unless the Democrats confront Bush directly, most voters will be incredibly disappointed with the Democrats. Yet the Democrats have not realized that they will actually have to get their hands dirty. Slogans and bold statements won’t cut it.
And I don’t think there would be a political price: after Nixon, the Democrats made tremendous gains in the House and Senate.
Related post: Kung Fu Monkey says it very well:
This just hammers home my realization of what the Cheney Administration — and yes, damn you this is the first time I’ve indulged in that neologism, and the first time I think it perfectly appropriate — what the Cheney Administration has discovered. They have found the “exploit” within the United States Government. As I watched Congressmen and Senators stumble and fumble and thrash, unable to bring to heel men and women who were plainly lying to them under oath, unable to eject from public office toadies of a boot-licking expertise unseen since Versailles, it struck me. The sheer, simple elegance of it. The “exploit”.
The exploit is shame.
Our representatives — and to a great degree we as a culture — are completely buffaloed by shamelessness. You reveal a man’s corrupt, or lying, or incompetent, and what does he do? He resigns. He attempts to escape attention, often to aid in his escape of legal pursuit. Public shame has up to now been the silver bullet of American political life. But people who are willing to just do the wrong thing and wait you out, to be publicly guilty … dammmnnnn.
We are faced with utterly shameless men. Cheney and the rest are looking our representatives right in the eye and saying “You don’t have the balls to take down a government. You don’t have the sheer testicular fortitude to call us lying sonuvabitches when we lie, to stop us from kicking the rule of law and the Constitution in the ass. You just don’t. What’s beyond that abyss — what that would do to our government and our identity as a nation — terrifies you too much. So get the fuck out of our way.”
That’s it, in a nutshell.