Saturday, May 06, 2006

The Blair-Bush Shuffle

When George W Bush's poll numbers kept falling, even after he went out and speechified about how wonderful everything is, his next step was to shuffle personnel in his staff. Not key people, but still. So out with Andy card, in with Josh Bolten. Goodbye Scott McClellan, hello Tony Snow. Then there was the sudden departure of CIA director Porter Goss. There has been much speculation about the abrupt nature of Goss' departure, with most people focusing on the possibility of Goss being tied to the poker game prostitute parties held by Brent Wilkes at the Watergate Hotel. When will Republicans learn to stay away from that place?
Even with the changes in personnel, the policies have remained the same. Avoid fighting terrorism and focus on Iran. Try to bully China and Russia into supporting sanctions we know they never will. Claim to be using diplomacy while refusing to meet with representatives from Iran.
Over in England, Tony Blair is having a bit of the same problem. His party suffered losses in the local authority elections, and now he's shuffling his cabinet as well. But a cabinet can only be as good as the man in charge, and on both sides of the Atlantic, the guys in charge need to be replaced. Fortunately for England, many are asking Blair to step down, while here in America, well, hopefully the Democrats, if they don't blow it before the November elections, try to rein in the "unitary executive" who seems to have disregard for everything that doesn't serve his purpose.
Some people liken the shuffling like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, to me it's more like changing seats at a Detroit Tigers game, no matter where you move to, they're still going to suck. And like the Republicans in the polls, even if the Tigers are at the bottom of their division, there's always going to be people who support them. You might call them suckers, I call them masochists.

13 comments:

Lily said...

Well I am trying to be optimistic and look at the fact that at least people are changing their minds, they are seeing things with more clarity.

Even those you would not expect.

Left of Center said...

You do as we say, not as we say we do. There is alot of damage left for these colowns to do. With all the powers he has granted himself it wont be hard.

Peacechick Mary said...

Wish we could shuffle the ACE right out of the deck. He's going to make his mark on history, for sure and it's going to be one ugly mark.

Kvatch said...

Interestingly, like when I proposed that Bush's best strategy was to push for impeachment immediately, Blair's best strategy might be to dissolve his own government and call for new elections...now. That way, Britons will be forced to consider whether or not they really want the Tory's in power sooner rather than later.

Under those circumstances, Gordon Brown might just be able to pull it out.

Kathleen Callon said...

I go with masochists, too.

Kathy said...

At least the Tigers are entertaining. Those Republicans just scare the crap out of me.

Snave said...

I like the game of mucusal chairs they've played at the White House. While they were doing that, Karl found himself with more time out on the streets, where he works best, helping all kinds of creepy candidates "swift-boat" their opponents. Imagine that! Giving Karl more time to do what he does best!

Sounds like things are really changing at the White House, eh.

Snave said...

Also, Lew, your blog is now linked at my place! YOUR place is grand indeed!

Lily said...

Was mucusal a typo because it was funny.

Props from Snave. Hmmm. Indeed.

Lew Scannon said...

You've never played mucusal chairs? When the music stops, the person who has to sit down in the phlegm covered chair loses.

Blogenfreude said...

I heard a couple pastry chefs were shown the door too ...

Lily said...

Oh now Lew there's no need to bring up your childhood here.

That Damned Jezebel said...

Masochists like to hurt themselves or be hurt.

This is about hurting future generations, ruining the planet for the children of today. Mounting debt and making this a toxic planet for others.