From Capitol Hill Blue
Lies, damn lies and George W. Bush
By DOUG THOMPSON
Apr 12, 2006, 06:25
No doubt about it. George W. Bush's lying, rotten, putrid, soulless destruction of a once-great nation called America is now open for all to see.
Bush is not just a liar. He's a serial liar who avoids truth at all costs because facts don't' support his perverted, twisted view of the world. Truth exposes his corrupt administration and lays bare his many crimes against the American people and the Constitution of the United States.
Impeachment? Nah. Too good for this lowlife. Arrest the son-of-a-bitch, lead him from the White House in chains, parade him down Pennsylvania Avenue and then lock him in stocks on the Washington Mall so everyone can see what happens when anyone thinks they are above the law of the land.
Today's Washington Post lays out yet another example of how Bush lied to the American people, detailing a deliberate White House pattern of misinformation on the so-called "biological warfare" trailers captured soon after American troops invaded Iraq.
Turns out the trailers had nothing to do with biological warfare. Intelligence officers in the field knew it. They told the White House. Yet Bush ignored the truth and went before the American people to claim otherwise, trumpeting the trailers as "proof" that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
"I hate to admit it but it appears clear the President of the United States is a pathological liar," says political scientist George Harleigh, who worked in the Nixon and Reagan administration. "His pattern of deception exceeds anything we saw in the Nixon era."
Members of Congress - Republican and Democrat - admit the same thing, shaking their heads in disbelief while talking privately with supporters and political strategists.
"The biggest threat any Republican running for election or re-election this year faces is not from the Democrats but from the President," says a GOP political consultant who, for obvious reasons, begs for anonymity. "George W. Bush is a major liability to Republicans in the mid-term elections."
When news broke last week that Bush personally authorized a White House campaign of leaks aimed at discrediting Ambassador Joseph Wilson - a campaign that led to the "outing" of Wilson's wife, a covert CIA operative - Republicans scrambled for cover. Sunday talk show producers tried without success to find a Republican willing to go on the air and defend the President.
The only Republican who did appear - maverick Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter - didn't defend Bush's actions but called instead on both the President and the Vice President to come clean about their roles in the CIA leak debacle.
"Bush's actions clearly have left Republicans in uncomfortable, and untenable, positions," Harleigh says. "They don't want to alienate voters by aligning themselves too closely with an increasingly unpopular President but they also have to be careful not to alienate their GOP base."
Polls, however, shows the GOP base dwindling as more and more Republicans realize they've been had by the charlatan-in-chief.
Even die-hard Republicans find it harder and harder to defend their corrupt and morally-bankrupt leader, admitting privately that the Presidency of George W. Bush will go down in history as a monumental failure, surpassing the dark days of Richard M. Nixon.
"The Nixon administration has, for 30 years now, been the baseline to measure failure in the Republican Party," says Harleigh. "No more. George W. Bush has lowered the bar."
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