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Submarine Sid Blumenthal: Bush stuck on "repeat"

Salon columnist Sidney Blumenthal offers a watch-an-ad-to-read-it-all screed entitled "From Gulf to shining Gulf". He thinks Bush is stuck in a "feedback loop". Whatever the merits of his screed which I didn't read, he does point out the following interesting fact:
Speaking about Iraq, Bush said the following on 2/4/04:

"We will do what it takes. We will not leave until the job is done."

Speaking about Katrina, Bush said the following on 9/15/05:

"We will do what it takes. We will stay as long as it takes."

Maybe he's thinking so fast how to do good for America that he put the politician part of his brain on auto-pilot. Or, maybe the tiny speaker connecting him to Karl Rove failed and he fell back on something he had already said.

Submarine Sid Blumenthal: Bush presidency "ruined"

From Sid Blumenthal:

Bush's America is gone with the wind. It lasted just short of four years, from Sept. 11, 2001, to Aug. 29, 2005...
...Bush's entire presidency and reelection campaign were organized around one master idea: He stood as the protector and savior of the American people under siege. On this mystique he built his persona as a decisive man of conviction and action. In the 2004 election, a critical mass of voters believed that because of his unabashed patriotism and unembarrassed religiosity he would do more to protect the country. They also believed that his fervor must be strength. The criticism of Bush that he was overzealous, simplistic and single-minded only served to reinforce his image...

Reading the rest requires you to sit through an ad. But, don't you know already what he's going to say?

"The Mayor Who Failed His City"

FPM has a link-rich rundown of the left's attempts to politicize the disaster:

IT'S OFFICIAL: THE AMERICAN LEFT NOW BELIEVES GEORGE W. BUSH IS GOD. Bellowing leftists such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cindy Sheehan have blamed Hurricane Katrina - something insurance companies classify as an act of God - on President Bush's "killing policies" (and, in RFK Jr.'s case, those of Mississippi's Republican governor, Haley Barbour). Former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal also penned an article in The Guardian chalking up the flood to the Bush administration's having cut one item in the Army Corps of Engineers' annual budget. (Desperate to build a presidential legacy, even ex post facto, ex-President Bill Clinton has intimated his administration did more to keep New Orleans safe than Bush's.) Meanwhile, DNC Chair Howard Dean weighed in by demeaning Bush's trip to the disaster area, calling it "just another callous political move crafted by Karl Rove."

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