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Bush's Uninspired Appointments

The Times UK First Post has an excellent analysis of George Bush today. His uninspired appointments are indicative of a President who has run out of energy.

Having won two presidential elections and fought two unending wars, President Bush has run out of energy. Instead of the bouncing enthusiasm of happier days, his subdued manner indicates a loss of interest in the presidency itself, a desire to go home and rest.

He also has no honorable exit.

If he were a British prime minister, the House of Commons would sense his exhaustion inducing one his colleagues to claim the office, allowing him to retreat to the back benches, until the inevitable elevation to the House of Lords.

But an American president who has had enough of power and its travails has no honourable exit from the White House and is condemned to serve out the balance of his four years. Any grand plans not yet achieved must be quietly shelved, and no new policy initiatives of significance can be launched.

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  • Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:35 PM EST
    We need a recall election. A lot of people who voted for him last time are now realizing just how bad they were suckered.

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#2)
    by Al on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:35 PM EST
    If Bush is such a lame duck, does this mean there will be a real fight for the Supreme Court?

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#3)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:35 PM EST
    ERnesto, I don't think a recall is the answer. I think we need to focus on keeping his negative karma alive to win Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008.

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:35 PM EST
    This Post Intelligencer article is an incredibly dumb accusation masquerading as analysis.

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:35 PM EST
    How do you "focus on keeping negative karma alive"? I think we need an effective strategy for telling the voting public very specifically how we would fix the mess he has made and continues to make worse. People won't turn out to vote against Bush as much as they would turn out to vote FOR a different plan. So where is that plan?

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#7)
    by roger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:35 PM EST
    Ernesto, Sadly, Hillary and Kerry are too busy acting like "Bush Lite" to have a plan. We need real Dems, not the dreck that we're being given.

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#9)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:35 PM EST
    This Post Intelligencer article is an incredibly dumb accusation
    And it's a bad accusation, since he is not nearly as tired as he is lame. But you are correct in that assertion of you apply it to this bit of the article:
    Attempts to equate the indictment of Mr Libby with past White House scandals are unpersuasive, for this time if there was a crime its cause was neither venality nor moral turpitude, but only an excess of zeal, reflecting the very quality of enthusiasm in pursuing public policy that President Bush has lost.
    Excess of zeal? Yes, someone who would stoop to treasonous smear tactics is obviously overzealous...but they are also morally bankrupt as well as criminally negligent.

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#10)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:35 PM EST
    Posted by TalkLeft: "win Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008." Just like we did in 2000, 2002, and 2004. Unfortunately, Diebold replaced Democracy in 1999. Our problem isn't winning the vote -- it's surviving the computer's false count of the votes. With only 22% strongly supporting the Felon-in-Chief, in less than a year after reselection, it is quite clear that the Head Liar of USPNAC didn't reach the pass line, much less the go line of 'mandate' as was claimed. Bush Must Resign.

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#12)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:37 PM EST
    Ernesto writes: People won't turn out to vote against Bush as much as they would turn out to vote FOR a different plan. So where is that plan? Not that I intended to plug one of TL's advertisers, Ernesto, but the beginnings of a framework and an infrastructure for developing, nurturing, and maturing that plan, and building a machine to promote it successfully, might be found here... (and on the left side of this page).

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#13)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:37 PM EST
    It's a nice ad, Edger, but what's with the plural verb for a singular mass noun? I don't think such strategies will works. Not that they leaders can be able to corrects such an examples. Maybe it's an regional things.

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#14)
    by john horse on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:37 PM EST
    President Bush has run out of energy.
    Well, what do you expect? As Bush often says "its hard work". Thats why he needs to take so many days off on vacation. Being President is hard work, especially when you are hardly working.

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#15)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:37 PM EST
    Paul, It are depending, I thinking, on what the meaning of is are, or are is. You knowing?

    Re: Bush's Uninspired Appointments (none / 0) (#16)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:37 PM EST
    And besiding, maybe they is gooder than what we having, since we is being had, lately? Thinking? ;)