This brief entry is inspired by susanhu’s and Steve D’s stories on the front page just now regarding Rep. Murtha.
It is surprising how successful Bushco has been in maintaining the macho image they have created for themselves. Bush has failed in every business he has been involved in and is now failing miserably as a politician as well. His ranch has no cattle.
Cheney is a mega-corrupt businessman who somehow floated to the top of a stinking pile.
Their swagger has -incredibly – convinced a large portion of the population that making statements like “bring it on” or “either you are with us, or you’re against us” fully explains policy.
But now – when tables are turning and Bushco is finally deeply wounded and clearly in panic mode, we are served this morsel from Rep. Murthy:
(As linked in susanhu’s story)
“I like guys who’ve never been there that criticize us who’ve been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don’t like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done,” Murtha said.
This is obviously not news, but now is the time that it can finally get traction. Attack their manhood!
It could be slightly sugar-coated;
“..A man admits to his mistakes! It was very reassuring to hear President Bush take full responsibility for the mis-management of the Katrina disaster. It would be even better if he were man enough to come clean on the failures of the Iraqi war…”
..or for the jugular;
“..What kind of men are they anyway? Cheney got a bunch of deferments because he had ‘other priorities’ and Bush didn’t even fulfill his service requirements in the TANG. And now they keep insisting to continue a war – killing or horribly maiming thousands of our brave young men and women every year – based on lies and misuse of intelligence…”
If we could get that message into the mainstream I’m convinced that at least a few, and maybe more than a few of the macho crowd would falter from their die-hard support.