Sunday, March 12, 2006

Read at Your Own Risk
It's a beautiful day up here today, and I don't want to harsh my buzz from the earlier events of the weekend--a great concert Friday night and Wisconsin's playoff hockey win over Michigan Tech last night. But Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist got off a quote on one of the Sunday news shows this morning that's so brain-rattlingly stupid that it's taken on a life of its own and forced me to blog about it.

First, the background: Russ Feingold told ABC's This Week that he intends to propose a resolution on the Senate floor to censure He Who Shall Not Be Named for violating the Constitution and laws with his warrantless wiretaps. Feingold said, "What the president did, by consciously and intentionally violating the Constitution and the laws of this country with this illegal wiretapping, has to be answered."

Now, the quote, from Frist, also on This Week, criticizing Feingold's resolution: "The signal that it sends, that there is in any way a lack of support for our commander in chief who is leading us with a bold vision in a way that is making our homeland safer is wrong."

Jesus to Jesus and eight hands around--that giant sucking sound you hear right now is Frist's words making you dumber just by crawling around in your brain. The opposition party criticized Lincoln during the Civil War, the Republicans criticized FDR within days of Pearl Harbor--but Nurse Frist says, for the umpteenth time, that we dare not impugn King George's self-evident brilliance or the terrorists will win. Never mind that the rap itself is getting old--Bush has endured similar criticism for the last year or so and it hasn't had any demonstrable effect on the war on terror, positive or negative--that bit about the "bold vision" only makes sense if you're talking about a bold vision for screwing up a one-car funeral. Just read the stories out yesterday about our failures in port security. Georgie, you're doing a heckuva job.

In the face of such idiocy, you're almost obligated to say something critical of Bush just to keep your head from exploding.

Everybody--turn off your damn computers and go outside to play in the sun, right now. Your continued ability to function intellectually may depend on it.

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