Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Lipstick on a Pig

David Brooks does the “what Bush really meant to say” routine for his Sunday Meet The Press interview. But as they say out in the country, you can put lipstick on a pig and call it your Aunt Mathilda, but it’s still a pig. And when Brooks endows the president with, as he calls it, “the facility for perfectly expressing his situation in conversation,” he just clarifies that fact that Bush has no vision other than his own sense of self-justification and an amazingly narrow awareness of what goes on outside of the White House and his circle of advisors. Can you imagine any president like FDR, Harry Truman, Woodrow Wilson, or even Ronald Reagan thinking in this manner? The lack of vision is truly a genetic defect.